Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that “capitulation” on Everton was a turning point in his government of Man United
“These guys will NEVER give up like that team did”: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accuses his former Manchester United stars of beating tools in 4-0 drubbing on Everton last year as he prepares to return to Goodison
- Manchester United was hammered 4-0 last season by Everton in Goodison Park
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that day he knew that some of his players had to leave
- Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling both started that day but are not at the club
- Phil Jones was taken off halfway and has hardly played since that defeat
- Solskjaer said that the “capitulation” was the “lowest I have been” as a United manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed that there will be no recurrence of the Manchester United collapse in Goodison Park last season – and revealed that the crushing defeat by Everton ended the Old Trafford career of some of his stars.
United lost 4-0 to Goodison in April when Solskjaer reached his lowest point as manager United less than a month after he got the job on a full-time basis.
The Norwegian goes back to Merseyside on Sunday and admits he knew that some of his players were running out of time, although he had to wait until the summer for the changes to come.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches while his Manchester United team is beaten 4-0 in Everton
Chris Smalling (L) and Romelu Lukaku (R) saw their career at Old Trafford end that afternoon
UNITED TEAM ON THAT GREAT DAY IN GOODISON PARK
TEAM: De Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones (Young 45), Dalot, Pogba, Matic, Fred (McTominay 45), Rashford (Pereira 77), Lukaku, Martial.
SUBS NOT USED: Sanchez, Mata, Lingard, Romero.
Solskjaer didn’t mention the players, but Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling both started the game before they left for Italy at the end of the season. Alexis Sanchez, an unused replacement that day, went on loan to Lukaku at Inter Milan.
Phil Jones took off midway and has since only started four Premier League games after United signed Harry Maguire in the summer.
“That was the day, the lowest I have been,” said Solskjaer. “I think you all remember that. I probably knew it before. One or two had their last chance, more or less, but we had to go to the summer first.
“That was a surrender. We had absolutely nothing to us, although their goals were more or less counterattacks from set-plays and long throws.
‘You saw everything you didn’t want to see in that game. Against Everton at home they are difficult to play against with two in front. They put players in the trade and we knew what we were up against. I am 100 percent sure that we achieve better performance. “
Phil Jones also struggled that afternoon and has hardly played for the Red Devils ever since
Lucas Digne hit Everton’s third goal on a miserable afternoon for the Solskjaer team
Asked if Lukaku is one of the players he was referring to after the Belgian striker reportedly told United in March that he wanted to leave at the end of the season, Solskjaer added: “I’m not going to talk about Rom now. He did well in Italy and we did well without him. “
The United boss is confident that the current team will not fold in the same way as United to maintain its bid for a Champions League place and to gain a 5-point lead on Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
“With my hand on my heart, I can say 100 percent that these guys will never give up and never give up like that team,” added Solskjaer.
“These are the guys we want to build the next team around.”
Solskjaer cuts a frustrated figure at the end of the match after seeing his side crumble
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial is facing a race against the clock to be fit for this season’s Everton trip
Anthony Martial is again confronted with a late fitness test after missing the Europa League victory over Club Brugge with a thigh tribe.
However, Solskjaer is convinced that Odion Ighalo can intervene again after scoring his full debut against Bruges in the absence of Martial.
“To be honest, I don’t know anything about Anthony. I didn’t ask, “Solskjaer said Thursday evening.
“He tried it this morning, so he wasn’t bad, but we’ll probably have to do a scan on Friday. Odion has absolutely shown what kind of striker he is. He is ready for that Sunday match. “