Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accepted responsibility for Manchester United’s frantic ejection from the Champions League after they failed to take a point from their last two group games.
United needed one point to qualify for the last 16 after the victory over Istanbul Basaksehir two weeks ago but lost at home to Paris Saint-Germain and were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
Leipzig took the lead after only a minute from Manchester City loanee Angelino and were 3-0 up with 10 minutes to go until two quick goals from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba threatened a remarkable revival from United.
However, United have been relegated to the Europa League for the second time on Solskjaer’s watch and the Norwegian lamented another poor start from his side.
“We didn’t perform as a team well enough and that’s always the manager’s responsibility, to get everyone ready,” Solskjaer said. “We knew they were going to come at us, we knew they were going to put crosses in the box and unfortunately we conceded two goals and never got going.
“In games, earlier now with the way we conceded the first goal, we played pretty well. Today we just didn’t turn up until they scored the second goal, suddenly then we started playing again.
“We had one chance at maybe 1-0, Mason [Greenwood] had a good chance, but after 2-0 we started playing. Second-half was one-way traffic, more or less, and the one chance they had they managed to score.
“Three-nil down is difficult but they all gave everything. Good character, good effort, can’t fault anyone and we were close to getting the third and that would have been some achievement against a good team like Leipzig.
“You can’t say that we were good enough. We weren’t good enough. We were in a difficult group and started well and obviously the big turning point was the loss away in Istanbul. That’s where we lost points we should have got.
“Today we had to defend crosses into the box and we just didn’t deal with them. We can feel sorry for ourselves tonight but then we have to focus on the game against Manchester City this weekend.”
By Manchester Evening News