Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals disappointment over performance against West Brom
Nov. 22, 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United’s performance against West Brom ‘was a step back’.
The Red Devils beat West Brom 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty but the game was dominated by VAR decisions.
The Baggies saw a penalty for a foul on Conor Gallagher overturned while Fernandes missed his initial spot kick but was allowed to retake as goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was off his line.
After the match, Solskjaer told talkSPORT: “Today was a step back, performance wise it wasn’t the greatest and we have to be honest enough to say that it wasn’t good enough.
“We got the three points. Everton last game, we were absolutely spot on, on the ball and off the ball.
“We need to get that consistency of performances and look ourselves in the mirror and say that wasn’t good enough but we got three points.”
On the two penalty calls, he added: “Live, I thought it (West Brom’s) was a penalty but then when I saw it again it looks like Bruno gets the ball and it’s no penalty as there’s no real contact. Not surprised at all.
“Then the second one, you can discuss that, our penalty if it’s a penalty or not he moves away and sticks his hands out so maybe it’s the right call.
“I don’t know anymore what’s handball or not.”
Man United walked away from the game with three points, though, and was their first victory of the season at Old Trafford in the Premier League .
It moves them up to ninth place and seven points off top spot but with a game in hand.
Solskjaer said: “Of course we are happy. It’s a relief and probably a relief for the boys as there’s been a lot said and written about it, more so than the boys would have liked and probably deserved because there’s been reasons behind the results.
“Now we are up and running, the season is a tight league and we still have a game in hand. Win the next one and you suddenly move up the table.
“I thought Jose said something about how tight it is and he’s so right. The results are inconsistent and unpredictable.”
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