Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed before Granada clash – ‘The game is gone’

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been slammed by Chris Waddle for his comments about Old Trafford. The 48-year-old recently suggested the club’s mixed Old Trafford form was down to too much red being on the banners inside the stadium. And he’s now been criticised ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Granada.

Manchester United tackle Granada in the Europa League this evening looking to make the semi-finals of the competition for the second year on the trot.

And, before the game, Solskjaer has gone viral for some pretty bizarre comments.

The United boss suggested his club’s mixed home form was down to too much red on the banners that have been put up around Old Trafford in the absence of supporters.

“You’ll see a change now – see the banners around the club [stadium] are not red any more,” he said.

“We’ve looked into this. There shouldn’t be a reason, really [for inferior home form] but some of the players mentioned that in the split-second decision you have to look over your shoulder to see if your teammate is there or not then the red shirt is on a red background with red seats [and this was a problem].

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“Then again if you have a 4-0 advantage [as against Sociedad] you don’t really have to win that game: 0-0 was a good result.

“Then in the first game against Milan we conceded in the last minute.

“I still think we’ve played some good football at home, [though] we started off badly [in the Premier League] with three defeats to Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal, but we’ve improved.”

And Waddle, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, has slammed Solskjaer for those comments.

He said: “The game is gone if it is true that United’s players have been struggling because of the banners.

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“I’ve never heard anything like it in my life.

“If they were playing and the fans were wearing shirts or reds, do they get the passes? Where has this come from? Have they just ran out of things to talk about?

“I’m sorry. At this level of football if you can’t pass it to a team-mate you shouldn’t be on the pitch. It is the worst excuse I’ve ever heard.”

Solskjaer also spoke before the match against Granada about Jesse Lingard.

And he admitted the West Ham star still has a future at Old Trafford amid his fine performances over at the London Stadium.

“Jesse has been brilliant since he left,” Solskjaer added.

“We could have kept him, he has always got a part to play. Man Utd through and through, never caused me a problem.

“He deserved a chance to play more football, that is why we let him go to West Ham.

“We would welcome him back, we hope he will go to the Euros. I hope he has strong finish to the league.”

United are without suspended trio Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw for the match against Granada.

But Solskjaer feels his side can cope without them, with the Red Devils targeting a first trophy of his tenure.

“It’s never a positive thing to not have every player available, but we’ve got players ready to deputise and come into the team of course,” he said.

“It was [a booking] amnesty after this quarter-final so we hoped to get them through, but there were some easy yellow cards that the ref handed out.

“We’re ready to deal with that.”

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