‘We did not show up’: Manchester United were not good enough in the Europa League final against Villarreal, Solskjaer admits after a penalty defeat … and the boss calls on the ‘disappointed’ dressing room to ‘taste’ the feeling for repetition to prevent
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that Manchester United did not show up after breaking against Villarreal in the Europa League final.
Goalkeeper David De Gea saw his penalty saved by rival Geronimo Rulli at the end of a dramatic 22-kick marathon to earn Villarreal their first-ever major trophy, but Solskjaer and his players were stunned.
United’s manager said, “We didn’t show up. We didn’t play as well as we can. That’s football for you. Sometimes decided on one kick and that’s the difference between winning and losing.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United did not ‘show up’ for their Europa League final
“We shouldn’t enjoy the feeling, but taste it and make sure you don’t get it anymore.”
Forward Marcus Rashford staged a passionate defense of United after finishing the season second in the Premier League, but without a trophy.
He said: ‘We came here to win and worked hard all season and this was the chance to win a trophy and it didn’t happen.
‘I can only say that the team is not giving up. No chance. The manager does not give up. He will not allow us to give up and we will be back next season with greater desire.
“People say a lot about Manchester United,” they’re going downhill, blah blah, blah “, but to me the club, the desire, the hunger, the talent, the ability, we have everything to compete at the highest level. We just have to show it to the world and to ourselves. Why we belong to the top, in finals like this, winning finals like this.
The Red Devils lost the final to Villarreal on Wednesday evening by penalties
The dramatic shootout amounted to David De Gea’s crucial penalty – which he missed
‘Second does not count for nothing. Manchester City wins the competition, we finished second. Doesn’t mean anything. Villarreal won the Europa League, we finished second.
‘It’s nothing to us. I don’t want to hear “they were that close” because it doesn’t mean anything. A winner, a loser. Today we lost. We need to find out why and make sure we don’t lose next time.
‘I am 100% sure [we can compete because of] sacrifice. To win big trophies, you have to show sacrifice. I could lead you to the locker room and show you five, six, seven players – and me – who have been injured from the start of the season. We all stayed and fought to be successful for the club.
‘We have to go and clear our heads. When we come back, we’ll start fresh.
When Ole came in, we had a lawsuit. We believe in the process. Part of the process is ups and downs. Just because we lose today, I promise the fans we’ll give up.
‘We will be back next season with more desire and hunger. We have to give 110%.
‘I know they don’t have this sacrifice in every club. They do that in the top clubs. That’s why they win trophies. We are close, I promise we are close. ‘
Rashford defended United after finishing second in the league, but without a trophy
He promised fans ‘they are close’ and that they will come back next season with more hunger
After Edinson Cavani’s second half equalizer overturned Gerard Moreno’s opening game, there were no goals in Gdansk and it was Villarreal who triumphed after the nerve-racking shootout that underscored United for a first trophy since 2017 as Unai lifted Emery. the Europa League for the fourth time.
Solskjaer said, “No. It is not a successful season. Trophies are what this club is all about, so no is the short answer. ‘
De Gea was defeated by all 11 penalties and started the shootout after last saving a penalty in April 2016.
Solskjaer added: ‘You go through every scenario of course and it occurred to me leading up to the game [De Gea’s penalty record] but we had faith in David and were prepared, but anything can happen in penalty shootouts, so I stayed with the keeper who played the whole game. ‘