Fan protests affected players, says Ole

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that fan protests have affected his side’s performance.

The Red Devils have suffered two successive defeats at the expense of Leicester City and Liverpool in the space of 50 hours due to a congested fixture list.

According to reports, United’s players spent hours in the stadium and beds were delivered so they could rest ahead of the Liverpool game amid fears of major demonstrations.

“I didn’t want to use it as an excuse because we lost two games, but surely it’s the reason behind the performances,” said Solskjaer.

“Physically it’s impossible to play at the intensity that’s required because of the number of games. Then you look at the preparation in between and we haven’t had the recovery and the same routine as we normally would and we haven’t done the tactical preparation.

“It’s never nice to see a club that is not united. We’re hoping Tuesday is going to be a positive day and that we move together.”

The side will welcome Fulham at Old Trafford on Tuesday, 17 May in a Premier League clash. A win for Solskjaer’s troops will see them consolidate their status as runners-up for only the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

“The mood in any club and the relationship between the team and the fans is vital to what happens on the pitch. Hopefully, the players will give the fans a reason to cheer. That’s what we have to focus on.

“It’s a big game for us in that respect.”

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