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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told he failed his message to Fred and Scott McTominay before Newcastle’s winning goal.
The Norwegian found it “impossible” to urge the two players to sit deeper in order to escape from Matty Longstaff’s goal for Newcastle.
He said: “We weren’t set up for the counter-attack. We conceded at least two goals – Everton away Wolves away – from our own corners, maybe two against Everton in one game. And that shouldn’t happen and with the pace we’ve got, we should lock that corner down. But it’s impossible to get the message across, because we gave the Newcastle fans something to cheer today, we gave them a game that they wanted, end-to-end at times. We gave them too many counter-attacks, lifted their crowd, you could see they were behind their team, behind [Steve] Brucey and it was impossible for me to put one or two players where they should have been. There are players that try to organise it but couldn’t and when that happens, six or seven back in our own box, but we couldn’t defend that ball. There were two attempts to tackle, from Dan [James] and Fred. We’re trying but lacking in that composure and that organiser there.”
After the 1 – 0 loss to Newcastle, United are on 12th place of Premier League table.