Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday that recent fan demonstrations against the club’s owners had an impact on the players and led to a drop in results.
United, who are second in the Premier League table and face relegated Fulham on Tuesday, lost to Leicester City and Liverpool last week after going 14 games unbeaten.
The match against Liverpool was supposed to take place on May 2, but it was postponed after supporters invaded Old Trafford and stormed the pitch in defiance of the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
United’s decision to join the European Super League sparked the rally (ESL). On Thursday, 48 hours after losing to Leicester, they were defeated 4-2 by Liverpool in a rescheduled match.
Solskjaer Words On Manchester United Players
Solskjaer said in a press conference. “I didn’t want to use that as a justification when we lost the two games. But surely it’s an explanation for the performances and the results we’ve had. Because of the number of games. It is physically impractical for them to show up and play at the strength and level that is expected. Then you consider the prep work in between. You haven’t had the time to rest in between, because you haven’t followed your usual schedule. We haven’t done our logistical planning in the same way as we have in the past.”
Solskjaer is delighted that about 10,000 fans will be able to watch the Fulham game at Old Trafford. Despite the off-field problems and the possibility of further protests on Tuesday.
“I believe that the atmosphere of every club, as well as the relationship between a team and its supporters, are crucial to what happens on the pitch,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re both human beings, and we’ll retaliate positively if we get our supporters back. They’ve always been there for us, providing extra motivation. And now the players will give the crowd something to smile for.”