Manchester United boss Ole Gunna Solskjaer has challenged his players to show fight and passion in games, citing that it’s one of characteristics of playing for the club.
The United boss was speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s Premier league encounter with Everton at Goodison Park, And was questioned of the fans demand for his players to show more fights and passion during games and he has this to say.
“You know every time you play for Man United, passion and fight of course are things you expect to see. To earn the right to win a game of football, you need that – definitely against Everton. With or without fans at Goodison Park you still have to have that passion and fight in you. That’s of course a given. I know times now are different, times are strange. The strain on players – football is not the same unfortunately, without the fans and the passion, so that takes away from it. No one has been in this situation the players are now.
“They have had months and months of playing with the uncertainty and the unknown of the virus and the pandemic and sometimes it’s easy to sit at home and think football is the same and you expect the same from everyone. Sometimes we have to look behind and we have to look after them both physically and mentally. These are things I think about a lot and thinking about my players: how do they cope with the whole situation? So yes, passion and fight, we’ll see that. I’m a definite believer in these boys, they’ll come back and show how much they care.”
On how’s the reaction been from the players and the group to those defeats and what have you made of the external reaction to the defeats? He says
“You know we had a very long and late flight back home. We were here early Thursday morning landing in Manchester. Of course Thursday was the day of some tired minds and tired heads and legs. We couldn’t do a lot. Today has been a bright day, a sunny day in Manchester for a change, and the boys are ready for a reaction.
“We all hurt and it’s never easy and never enjoyable when you lose two games on the bounce, but that’s football and you’ve got to react to it. We know that Champions League games are difficult but the manner of the goals obviously – you don’t mind when they outplay you but we gifted them those goals.”
Manchester United have had a disappointing start to the Premier league season so far and currently sits on the 15th position on the log with 7 points from 6 games. They would today take on rejuvenate Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton who has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and currently sits on the 5th position on the table with 13 points from 7 games.