Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accuses Europa League BALL after Manchester United is held equal in Club Brugge
“It’s hard to play with”: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Europa League BALL for being “light” after Manchester United is held at Club Brugge
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the ball of the Europa League was flat against Club Brugge
- Manchester United thanked Anthony Martial for saving a draw in Belgium
- The Japanese manufacturer Molten supplies the match balls in the Europa League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed the state of the Europa League ball and believes that this has hindered Manchester United and Club Brugge from playing during their stalemate in the first leg of their 32-tie round.
Emmanuel Dennis got Club Brugge off to a good start after catching the normally reliable Sergio Romero, but Anthony Martial took advantage of an error to silence the tired Jan Breydel stadium and to seal a 1-1 draw.
That out-goal means that United has the upper hand on the way to Old Trafford for the second leg of this final 32 tie, which makes Solskjaer generally happy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unhappy with the Europa League-ball against Club Brugge
Anthony Martial saved a draw for United on a wet and windy Thursday night in Belgium
The Japanese manufacturer Molten supplies the game balls in the Europa League and the United boss was not too happy with the Belgian leaders on a wet and windy night in Bruges.
“It was a difficult game against a well-organized team in difficult circumstances,” he said. “I don’t think it was one of the best games that anyone has seen.
‘A bit sloppy in terms of concentration, but the circumstances with the field and the ball make it difficult.
“It’s just different and hard to play with,” Solskjaer said about the ball. ‘You can get one and try it! It is light.
But Solskjaer was stunned by the condition of the ball and said it was too ‘light’ to play with
“But of course it’s the same for the two teams. But the conditions were not good, the wind and the rain.
“Anyway, strange goals for both teams. We scored their throw-in and a long kick right through the middle, so lack of concentration probably from both teams there. “
‘We had to make everyone part of the team (so I made changes), they gave games.
‘We now have so many games, so we have an away game, we have a draw. We’re going home next week, so hopefully we can finish the job. “
The Japanese manufacturer Molten supplies the match balls on match days in the Europa League
On Thursday, Solskjaer hopes for better football – and in an ideal world for a better ball.
Fortunately, Martial concentrated when Brandon Mechele inexplicably allowed the thrown-in Maxim De Cuyper to drop, with the United forward speed and power to race ahead before beating Liverpool’s former goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
“It was a good cause today,” Solskjaer said. “He wasn’t really in the game before he scored the goal.
“We didn’t create enough or we didn’t make enough behind to make room for Anthony and it was a frustrating night for him until then.
Solskjaer said it had been a frustrating night for Martial to his equalizing goal
“Then (a) good cause and then he gets a good chance with his left foot, good hit, good except by Mignolet.”
That second chance hit the post, but United should have had a tough fight from the start in the eyes of Club Brugge, head coach Philippe Clement.
Before defeating Romero with a cut attempt, the video assistant referee assessed a Argentinian international third minute challenge to Dennis in the penalty area.
“It’s a clear punishment for me,” Clement said. ‘When I see the images and in some countries it is a red card, if you go with two feet against someone’s leg, it is a red card.
“All circumstances must go your way if you are going to beat United and we have not understood that tonight.
Philippe Clement, head coach of Club Brugge, thinks his party should have been awarded a penalty early