Man Utd: Solskjaer hopeful on Jones return date
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on his decision to leave Amad on the bench in Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. The Red Devils went into the game seeking a return to winning ways. But that didn’t happen, with the club slumping to a third goalless draw in a row.
Manchester United were poor against Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils lost to Roy Hodgson’s side earlier in the season and, though they avoided a repeat of what 3-1 defeat, it wasn’t good enough.
Solskjaer appeared hesitant to roll the dice as the match entered the closing stages, leaving young duo Amad and Shola Shoretire on the bench.
And, speaking after the game, the Norwegian opened up on that decision by saying: “We had Marcus out there, Mason out there, Bruno out there, Scotty came on to give us a goal thrust and he almost had a chance straightaway.
“We put Dan on for some pace and with those out there that’s most of our goals that we had.
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“Of course we had Shola or Amad, but which one of them would you take off of those five?
“So that was my quandary in the last 10-15 minutes, but I felt Mason, Bruno, Marcus, that they could get a cold get a goal.
“Scotty and Dan actually had a chance each when they came on.”
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Solskjaer revealed United players were ‘not happy’ after the game against Palace, adding: “Of course we’re not happy if you don’t create chances enough to win a game.
“It’s been a week with no goals and sometimes three games sounds a lot without scoring.
“Of course we’ve not conceded either, but a week in a season like this sometimes is – you just don’t hit the form that you normally have and that you have had for many, many months.
“So it’s a bit of a worry of course it is, but I know that the boys are giving everything and that’s the thing.
“We play every three days and I know they’re giving everything they’ve got. So attitude and approach I’m very happy with, the quality we need to get back to what we know we can do.”
Solskjaer also agreed with the assertion United lacked urgency against Palace.
The 48-year-old said: “Lack of urgency, yeah you can say urgency as a word.
“Of course we just didn’t have the quality and the tempo in the passing, you can call it urgency.
“We started slow, that’s for sure. It’s never nice to see the opposition to take the initiative, but we got into the game and when we played with quality and tempo we did create some chances, but we didn’t have enough of it.
“We didn’t build enough pressure on their defenders on their keeper to make saves.”
Palace boss Hodgson, meanwhile, was delighted with his side’s performance.
And he feels they could have even won the game had they shown more composure, with the former England boss saying: “It’s an excellent point.
“Every time you play Manchester United, you know it will be a difficult game.
“They’ve spent an awful lot of money to put a quality team together. We limited their chances to relatively few.
“If anyone said to you before you’ll draw 0-0 against Manchester United I’d be delighted with it.
“You have to be Burnley to get those plaudits. We’re one of the few teams in the league to make a profit in the transfer market in the time I’ve been here and we were against a team who have spent half a billion pounds. They’re entitled to have a better team. But I’m very proud.
“We didn’t just keep them at bay, we asked them questions.”
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