Solskjaer says Man Utd must cut out the fluff after Fulham draw

Solskjaer says Man Utd must cut out the fluff after Fulham draw

Manchester United played 1-1 with Fulham at home 

Reuters reports that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the team's eagerness to please fans cost them in Tuesday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Fulham, and the result serves as a wake-up call ahead of the Europa League final against Villarreal.

United won at Old Trafford thanks to Edinson Cavani's goal in front of 10,000 home fans who returned for the first time in 14 months after the British government relaxed COVID-19 lockdown laws.


However, Joe Bryan's late equalizer ruined the crowd, and Solskjaer said that United had made things complicated for themselves.

"We need to play better than we have in the last three games against Villarreal," Solskjaer told reporters.

"It might be a wake-up call because we wanted to do the fancy stuff, the flicks, the extraordinary things, the things that delighted the fans." That is not what we stand for."

Solskjaer cited Cavani's success, for which he signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month, as an example of how his players can keep things easy.

"There's no fluff — back tackles, drives, ratings," Solskjaer said. "There can't be fluff in a football game."

Although Solskjaer was pleased to see fans return to the stadium, he admitted that his players may have been putting on a display.

"The buzz, the energy, and the atmosphere were truly magical," he added. "It was great to see the fans again.

"Maybe that was part of the reason we played the way we did because we were trying to entertain too much at times." Too many complicated options instead of a single easy one."

United, who have lost their last three home games, travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday to finish the league season before meeting Villarreal in the final of Europe's second-tier competition on May 26.


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