Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Victor Lindelof after Chelsea setback
The game looked to be heading to a scoreless draw at half-time only for Olivier Giroud beat Lindelof and put the Blues ahead. Things got worse after the interval as Mason Mount beat David de Gea with an effort from distance to compound our misery.
Harry Maguire capped off a miserable night as he put it past his own keeper to put Chelsea 3-0 up. A late Bruno Fernandes penalty was only a consolation as our 19-game unbeaten run came to a meek end.
“You know Olivier Giroud’s movement you know he goes to the near post and we should defend that better.”
Lindelof clearly should have done better, especially at such an important juncture in the match. The Swede has done well in recent months, but the fact that he loses focus at times makes him unreliable.
Solskjaer also brought up once again that the opponents had an extra 48 hours rest. Although we can agree that it may have played a factor, the fact that Chelsea had injury issues while we didn’t, means we had a larger group of players to work with.
The Norwegian must manage his squad better. The fact that we went in with an under-strength team while using the same formation we used the last three times we faced Chelsea speaks of a lack of tactical innovation.
Although the players must shoulder their blame, the manager too has to put his hand up and accept his shortcomings.
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With a top-four race and the Europa League yet to come, United still have much to play for. We will have to take the lessons from Wembley and push on. The best way to overcome failure is to succeed.