'A Big Step Backwards' – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Lashes out After FA Cup Exit

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Ole Gunnar Solskjar has lashed out at his Manchester United players after getting knocked out of the FA Cup at Wolverhampton, suggesting they produced the worst performance since he took over from Jose Mourinho in December. 

Two well-taken goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota set Wolves on course for a famous win over Manchester United. Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the visitors in the dying moments, but it wasn’t enough to force a turnaround. 

The interim manager was disappointed with his side’s display and said that their premature exit from the competition was well warranted. 

“It was a big step backwards, I’ve got to say,” stated Solskjaer, as per ​Irish Independent

“That’s the poorest performance since I’ve come here. The lack of urgency forward, lack of forward passing, lack of regains. Sometimes international breaks come in handy and we would have loved to play it again and put it right.”

“Hopefully some of them will have good experience with the national team, some will have a few days off and train hard here.”

“Then we will be ready to push again because we’re in a great position in the league, we’re in the Champions League, but I’m very disappointing that we’re not in the FA Cup semis.” 

Solskjaer admitted ripping into his players in the dressing room, insisting they had to bounce back after the international break. 

“Man United in April and May, always find our form, we can’t wait for the challenge for this and big nights like when Barcelona come, we’ve got so many highlights to look forward to,” he stated.

“The players? Don’t worry about their attitude because when they come back again we’ll give it a good go. You can’t sit down and sulk too long. Of course, we’re disappointed, everyone is disappointed, but we have got to look forward and look behind the result today.”

“We’ve done that quite well. We know that we’ve played well against Arsenal last week and didn’t get what we deserved. Today we got what we deserved because we never deserved to win this game,” he concluded. 

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