‘It’s very embarrassing. As a manager it’s my WORST day ever’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ashamed following Spurs 6-1 hammering as Manchester United boss says his side were ‘nowhere near good enough’
A deflated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Manchester United‘s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur as his ‘worst day ever’ as a manager as post-match inquests continue into the Red Devils’ shock defeat on Sunday.
A Bruno Fernandes penalty handed United the lead after two minutes but a monumental collapse saw the hosts shift six goals as Jose Mourinho’s men ran riot at Old Trafford.
Sunday’s defeat piles even more pressure on a club under increasing scrutiny due to their lack of transfer activity this summer, with United chiefs unable to get a deal over the line for Jadon Sancho, Solskjaer’s number one target.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Man United’s 6-1 defeat to Spurs as his ‘worst day’
The Red Devils were second best in a display that sent shockwaves through the club
And the United boss has shared his thoughts on the club’s joint heaviest home defeat in Premier League history, shared with the 6-1 hammering against Manchester City in 2011.
‘It’s very embarrassing,’ Solskjaer admitted. ‘It’s my second language so it’s very difficult to put it into words. It’s a horrible feeling, the worst day I’ve had as a Manchester United manager and player.
‘I’ve been part of big defeats before and we’ve bounced back so we’ve just got to let the boys go away on international duty, find their mojo themselves and the others that are going to stay here, we’ve got to help them.
‘It’s nowhere near good enough. When you have a defeat like this you have to look yourself in the mirror.’
Solskjaer said his side were ‘nowhere near good enough’ in a brutal post-mortem of the game
The result puts pressure on chief Ed Woodward to sign players before the window shuts
The shock defeat places extra pressure on the club’s board to bring new faces in before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.
United are on the verge of completing the signing of Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, with the 33-year-old striker reportedly being paid £210,000-per-week.
The Red Devils are also close to signing Porto full back Alex Telles in a deal worth £18m from the Portuguese champions.
Solskjaer, though, says that new signings won’t solve the problems he saw in his side on Sunday.
‘It is not about getting players in but who is here,’ he added. ‘Today is the worst. I can’t say any more than that. When you are 2-1 down you are in with a chance. 3-1 a minute later is hard.
‘At 4-1 down it is about character and personality. We had to close their avenues to goal but we didn’t come out with any aggression. There are a lot of wrongs today. We need to look at everything.’