Manchester United’s FA Cup quarterfinal overcome by Wolves is a”big step backwards”, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Wolves dominated a lacklustre United in a persuasive 21 success at Molineux.
“It was the weakest we’ve played,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.
Our ownership was not bright enough and quick enough, so that it’s unsatisfactory .”
The traffic created little of note before Marcus Rashford’s 95th-minute consolation goal and needed several fine moves from Sergio Romero to deny Wolves before Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota felt in quick sequence.
“I did not think we had enough quality in the final third, enough combination play,” added Solskjaer.
“We’d adequate dominance with all the ball in the first half but doesn’t help if you give the ball away and so they can counter.
“It was a major step backwards, mainly due to the grade of the ownership and the death.
“We’ve had a fantastic run and now we’ve had two defeats. Against Arsenal we simply couldn’t score, and it was poor.”
The Norwegian said his negative have”got to go again” after the international break since they bid to get a top-four finish in the Premier League and face Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Asked whether this conquer could damage his chances to become permanent manager, Solskjaer responded:”I am here before the summer, we’ve got loads to play in the league and the Champions League.”
Solskjaer and United have deservedly been showered in praise for their magnificent rejuvenation since Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, the highlight of that had been the stunning Champions League turnaround against Paris St-Germain in France earlier this month.
This, though, has been a performance that rolled back the weeks to the Mourinho era and has been arguably worse than a number of the screens turned in underneath the Portuguese.
Paul Pogba was revived as captain as the other Mourinho move was wiped away, but he had been poor – but he wasn’t lonely .
United hardly jeopardized Wolves keeper John Ruddy and, gradually, their operation crumbled to almost shambolic levels in the next half since they were over them and ran them ragged.