‘We were set up to fail’ – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vents over scheduling of Everton clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this afternoon taken aim at the Premier League schedule-makers, over the timing of his side’s meeting with Everton.

Fernandes firing

The Red Devils made the trip to Goodison Park a short time ago, for their latest league outing.

United of course headed into proceedings desperate for a bounce-back result, on the back of a concerning pair of performances over the last week.

After falling to defeat at home to Arsenal, Solskjaer’s men followed up on Wednesday night with a Champions League defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir.

When all was said and done on Merseyside this afternoon, though, bounce back was precisely the away side managed.

A much-improved United performance, led by the brilliant Bruno Fernandes, eventually saw them depart Goodison with all 3 points, courtesy of a 3-1 win.

Everton actually opened the game’s scoring, when, after latching onto Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flick-on, Bernard cut inside, before slotting inside David de Gea’s near post.

United, though, were back on level terms just 5 minutes later, courtesy of a superb header from the aforementioned Fernandes:

And the visitors’ talismanic midfielder was back at it again just past the half-hour mark, whipping a tantalising delivery across the hosts’ box.

Upon initial viewing, it appeared as though Marcus Rashford had nodded home the cross, but subsequent replays showcased the fact that the English international had not made contact, making it two for Fernandes.

And the Man of the Match was heavily involved once more in injury-time, setting up Edinson Cavani for his first in Manchester United’s colours, sealing all 3 points in the process:

‘We’ve had enough’

As such, on the back of a fine display, and subsequent victory, upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appearing for his post-match interview, the understandable assumption was that the United boss would be in good spirits.

This in fact, however, proved far from the case.

During a discussion with BT Sport, Solskjaer was instead keen to highlight the latest Premier League fixture list.

As outlined above, the Red Devils were in action in Turkey on Wednesday night.

As such, they were afforded a somewhat bizarrely short turnaround to prepare for today’s trip to Merseyside.

And this is precisely where Solskjaer’s post-match attentions fell, as the Norwegian vented that his side were essentially ‘set up to fail’.

When asked if United’s first win in three came as a satisfying one, Solskjaer explained:

‘Of course it is, because we were set up to fail.’

‘I said to you before, I wanted to talk about the kick off time. They set up the boys to fail. We got Luke Shaw injured today, because of… We’ve been to Turkey, we’ve played loads of games this season already.’

‘We’ve been to Turkey Wednesday night, come [back] Thursday morning. We’re back in, playing Saturday lunch time kick off. It’s an absolute shambles.’

‘I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they’ve shown.’

‘Them boys, they deserve better than being thrown out here to fail today.’

The United boss wasn’t done there, though, pointing towards the considerable advantage handed to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City this weekend:

‘Authorities set us up to fail. How can they set us up after a Champions League game, Wednesday night in Turkey, and set us a Saturday 12:30 kick off?’

‘Liverpool and City, they played on Tuesday, they’re playing Sunday. We’ve had enough of that.’

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