Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion that his side were too defensive in their 0-0 draw against Liverpoolbut still wants to see an improvement from his attackers in Sunday’s FA Cup clash.
Klopp criticised United for what he deemed to be a very defensive performance last time out butSolskjaer has defended his tactics and believes they would have paid off had his team been more precise with their passing.
The Norwegian said: “We attacked every time we got the ball, maybe too much. We kept giving it away, that was the challenge. We went forward too quickly.
“The thought that we weren’t attacking, I don’t understand that one. We kept giving it away. It’s the quality of what we did, we need to do better. We tried to press them high. It’s not easy, they played well, they played their way out of our press. We didn’t go out there to drop deep and try to soak up the pressure.
“They had five midfielders out there to play out plus a ‘keeper who is very capable. When you look back at it, I think it was a good game by the two teams. We played against a top Liverpool team. Yes, Virgil van Dijk is not there but everyone’s got an injury or two here or there. I was very pleased with the performance when I looked at it after.”
United recorded eight offsides at Anfield on Sunday, with Marcus Rashford being flagged five times, and Solskjaer thinks that time and theimproving relationships between his players will solve that problem.
He added: “They’re eager to get in behind the defence, of course, but it’s also a way we want to attack quickly. It’s not that you have to attack quickly every time, it’s a decision you’ve got to make there and then.
“Of course, it’s in our DNA that if you see a pass, do it. Do it well. Ididn’t think we executed the passes well enough. Some of the runs were maybe too eager, especially at Anfield. I felt one or two times there we could’ve been one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
“For us, it’s about fine-tuning, getting better, getting used to each other. Edinson Cavaniis new, Bruno Fernandeshas not been here a year yet. We’ll get there.”
The attacking line-up that Solskjaer chooses tostartat Old Trafford in the fourth round on Sunday remains to be seen, with the Norwegian insisting that he will rotate.
Source : goal.com