Solskjaer admits Manchester United lack confidence

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the blame for another disappointing day for Manchester United fans, as their side went down to Newcastle United on Sunday late afternoon

    Things have gone from bad to worse for the Red Devils after setting an unwanted record against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League as they lost 1-0 to struggling Magpies side who, on the other hand, managed to escape from the relegation territory.

    Although the visitors saw the majority of the possession, they failed to make the most of it, creating very few clear-cut opportunities in front of Martin Dubravka’s goal.

    It was the seventh successive Premier League trip where United failed to pick up three points – fourth in which they struggled to find the back of the net.

    With just two wins from the opening eight rounds of the league fixtures, the three-time European champions head to the international break sitting in the bottom half of the table.

    The United fans’ frustration boiled over following another miserable result, and the pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who can’t find the way to pull his team out of a severe crisis.

    During the post-match interview, the under-pressure Norwegian manager has taken all the blame for the “unexpected” defeat, admitting this Manchester United squad lacks confidence.

    “We’re disappointed. We did lack quite a few key players, but that’s no excuse. The players worked hard and ran their socks off, but at the moment, we’re in a place we’re not used to,” he told Sky Sports as reported by The Sun.

    “Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure, and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football.

    “They stay together as a team, but we don’t create.

    “Luckily for us, it’s now the international break. We get time to evaluate what’s gone on over these eight games. We will sit down, hopefully, we’ll get a few players back. It’s my responsibility.

    “I need to sort their heads out. Young boys lacking confidence – they need some help from experienced players and staff.

    “They’re human, and they want to do well. They need to see the results of their hard work, and we’re not getting those results, so that’s going to affect them.

    “The first half was the sloppiest we’ve been. In the second half, we dominated, but we didn’t create.”

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