‘We stayed at home after lockdown, we had different routines’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United’s poor Old Trafford form may be due to no longer staying overnight at the nearby Lowry Hotel due to coronavirus restrictions
- Solskjaer believes United’s poor home form could lead to changes in preparations
- Before closing, the squad met at a hotel and traveled to Old Trafford
- Now players stay at home and go to the stadium on their own
- The Man United boss hinted at this because they have a perfect away record
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes their poor home form could be due to changes in their preparations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to the lockdown, the United team would meet at the Lowry Hotel in Salford for their team meeting the night before a game at Old Trafford and travel to the stadium by coach the next day.
However, under new restrictions imposed by the UK government, players stay at home and make their own way to the ground on match day.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes poor home form is due to changes in game preparations
Prior to the lockdown, the United team met at the Lowry Hotel the night before the home games
For away games, the team stays together in a hotel overnight and travels as one hotel, just as they did for pre-pandemic home games.
Solskjaer’s side have lost both home games so far this season, while they have a perfect away record in all competitions.
Ahead of their home game against Chelsea, Solskjaer hinted that their preparations could be the reason for their poor home form.
“We have to look at the way we prepare,” said the United boss. “Maybe it’s something I’m dealing with.
United have had a perfect away record so far this season, despite not doing well at Old Trafford
‘The whole lockdown period has made us do things differently at home, so we may have to do it in a different way.
‘After the lockdown with Covid, we stayed at home, we had different routines in games.
“I just have to look at everything, how the players are preparing, because it was striking how well we did outside.”
Crystal Palace beat the Red Devils in their first home game of the season before being embarrassed by Tottenham in a 6-1 beating at Old Trafford.