EPL: Liverpool deserved the win, says – Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the disruption team’s preparations caused by fan protests was not blame for side’s poor performance in their 4-2 home defeat by Liverpool on Thursday.

The match was re-arranged after fan protests 10 days ago forced a postponement and there was strict and a heavy police presence around Old Trafford.

United’s players arrived at the stadium over seven hours before the start of the game, having their meal and rest inside the ground rather than their usual routine of staying at a hotel.

Protesters had indicated on media that they intended try repeat their approach of blocking the team from leaving their hotel and travelling the ground.

Solskjaer, whose side have now lost two straight home games since the protests began but remain in the table, was quick avoid any suggestion of using the as an excuse.

“Once we were in it was all focus on the game. But it is a different preparation coming in at noon for a quarter-past eight kickoff, it’s a long to be here but I thought the boys managed that well,” he said.

“Of course, it disrupted us a little bit so it’s not been ideal but we had to with it,” he added.

Solskjaer said Liverpool had been good value for the three points.

“They deserved the win. We conceded goals in moments of the game. We didn’t build on the momentum or break up their momentum. We gave them at least two goals really. Then we scored again, had a massive chance… moments went against us,” he said.

United’s home game against relegated Fulham on will see some fans back in their seats and the Norwegian hoped that would create a different feeling.

“Hopefully, when we let the fans in on it’s a good atmosphere. We have waited a long to let them in so we’re looking forward to enjoying the game together.”

United fans have been protesting against the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, with the campaign against them reignited by their involvement in the attempted breakaway European League.