Man United changes the color of the red BACKGROUND after players groaned that they couldn’t SEE their teammates

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Man United are changing their Old Trafford BACKGROUND after players moan that they can’t SEE teammates amid poor home form … and Gary Neville says it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘gray shirt moment’!

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the red banners covering the seats at Old Trafford have changed after players complained they couldn’t see each other
  • Because fans were not allowed in, United put red sheets around the field
  • But the color has been changed to avoid a collision with United’s red shirts
  • Solskjaer spoke out on the matter after being asked why his team’s home form was worse than their results on the road
  • Former United captain Gary Neville made comparisons to Southampton’s infamous gray shirt match in 1996

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always been happy to follow Sir Alex Ferguson’s lead, as Manchester United’s manager once again admitted on the eve of Thursday’s second leg in the Europa League quarter-final against Granada.

So, almost 25 years since Ferguson ordered his team to ditch their gray away kit at half time in Southampton because they couldn’t see each other on the field, it was fitting that Solskjaer revealed that United had changed the color of the match. red banners around Old Trafford for the same reason.

The club made the move early this month, covering the empty seats in the lower tiers of the stadium with black and white ‘United Against Racism’ banners as part of the See Red campaign.

The lower seats at Old Trafford are covered in red wrapping with supporters not allowed to participate during the Covid-19 pandemic

The red seat fabric at Old Trafford features quotes and other slogans

The red seat fabric at Old Trafford features quotes and other slogans

Solskjaer said the United players could sometimes not see teammates wearing red shirts against the red background in the stands.

Solskjaer said the United players could sometimes not see teammates wearing red shirts against the red background in the stands.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Old Trafford packaging had changed

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Old Trafford packaging had changed

According to Solskjaer, seeing red was a problem for United, with the team’s shirts colliding with the old background.

The Norwegian believes this is one reason United were better away from home, putting down a 23-game unbeaten road run in the Premier League and advancing to the last eight of the Europa League thanks to away wins against Real Sociedad. and AC Milan.

“Now you will see a change,” said Solskjaer. ‘You can see the banners around the club, they are no longer red. We have investigated this.

Former United captain Gary Neville tweeted the comment was Solskjaer's 'gray shirt moment' in relation to the 1996 game when United switched from a gray kit at half time.

Former United captain Gary Neville tweeted the comment was Solskjaer’s ‘gray shirt moment’ in relation to the 1996 game when United switched from a gray kit at half time.

The United players claimed they couldn't see each other in the 3-1 defeat to Southampton

The United players claimed they couldn’t see each other in the 3-1 defeat to Southampton

“ There really shouldn’t be a reason, but some players have said that you have to decide in a split second – look over your shoulder to see if your teammate is there or not – and that the red shirt on a red background with the red chairs.

So we changed that together with an anti-racism campaign. It was important that it was no longer red. ‘

It has led former United captain Gary Neville to compare the situation to Southampton’s infamous gray shirt match in 1996.

He tweeted, “This is Ole’s gray shirt moment.”

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Andalusia, United should reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row, despite being without Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay due to suspension on Thursday.

Eric Cantona and his teammates returned to The Dell for the second half in a different strip

Eric Cantona and his teammates returned to The Dell for the second half in a different strip

United’s Dell debacle in gray

Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side stormed into a Premier League and FA Cup ‘Double’ in the spring of 1996, but the showdown was not without shame.

They remained unbeaten in the league from New Years Day until April 13, when a trip to Southampton at The Dell resulted in a hasty rest.

The United players couldn't see each other while wearing the infamous gray uniform

The United players couldn’t see each other while wearing the infamous gray uniform

Man United's dull gray kit has pride of place in a hall of shame at the National Football Museum

Man United’s dull gray kit has pride of place in a hall of shame at the National Football Museum

United had a gray appearance that season and only wore it five times, lost four games and a draw.

And Ferguson closed it 3-0 behind United to Southampton thanks to goals from Ken Monkou, Neil Shipperley and Matt Le Tissier.

To the amusement of the Saints fans, Eric Cantona led United for the second period with their blue and white striped third kit.

Ryan Giggs received late consolation in a 3-1 defeat that ultimately didn’t derail United’s title bid, but the kit trade went down shamefully.

United returned for the second half in blue and white colors, but still lost the game 3-1

United returned for the second half in blue and white colors, but still lost the game 3-1

In 2019, the boring kit took pride of place in a shameless football shirt at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Explaining the decision to include the shirt in his hall of shame, exhibition curator Jon Sutton said: “ Probably because this shirt has become infamous as he was blamed for United’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton during that season. .

The light gray color would make it more difficult to distinguish teammates on the field against the background of the audience. A clear example of color and design that play an important role in choosing the colors of a team. ‘

The Man United team that day was: Peter Schmeichel; Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Gary Neville; David Beckham, Nicky Butt (Paul Scholes), Lee Sharpe (David May), Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs; Andrew Cole, Eric Cantona

BY ADAM SHERGOLD

The goal was knocked over after Scott McTominay's hand made contact with Son Heung-min's face

The goal was knocked over after Scott McTominay’s hand made contact with Son Heung-min’s face

Chris Kavanagh made the decision after being advised to monitor the incident

Chris Kavanagh made the decision after being advised to monitor the incident

Man United fixtures

Premier League, unless stated otherwise

Thursday Granada (H) Agg 2-0

Europa League Quarter Finals, 2nd leg

Sunday Burnley (H)

April 25 Leeds United (A)

May 1 Liverpool (H)

May 8th Aston Villa (A)

11 May Leicester City (H)

Solskjaer found the five yellow cards his players received in the first leg – which on Wednesday resulted in a £ 6,000 fine from UEFA for ‘inappropriate behavior’ – a bit harsh.

He defended the club and recalled a lesson from Ferguson after an incident in 1998 when he was sent to Old Trafford for racing almost all over the field to take down Rob Lee in a match against Newcastle.

“Every manager has certain values,” Solskjaer said on Sunday in response to a question about simulation and his criticism of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.

‘When I was sent off against Newcastle I thought I had done the right thing for the team.

Sir Alex absolutely berated me after the game, saying, “That’s not how we win at Man United.”

‘I’ve lived that way ever since. We want to win the right way. We want to win by the book. ‘

Meanwhile, Solskjaer revealed that United wants to keep Jesse Lingard after his sensational performances he has loaned to West Ham.

He said, ‘Jesse has been brilliant since he left. He never gave me a problem and he deserved a chance to play more football.

‘Of course we want him back. I hope he goes to the euro. ‘

Solskjaer was sent off by referee Uriah Rennie after racing back to cynically foul Newcastle player Rob Lee in a 1998 match at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer was sent off by referee Uriah Rennie after racing back to cynically foul Newcastle player Rob Lee in a 1998 match at Old Trafford.

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