Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called Sunday’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League ‘his darkest day’ as Head Coach of the Red Devils.
Mohamed Salah netted three times, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota were also on the scoresheet, as Jurgen Klopp’s side embarrassed their bitter rivals at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has taken full responsibility for the defeat but has insisted that he can still turn the club’s fortunes around by claiming that the team are “too close to give up now”.
“It is not easy to say something apart from it is the darkest day I have had leading these players. We were not good enough individually and as a team, can’t give a team like Liverpool those chances but unfortunately we did,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports News.
“The whole performance was not good enough. We created openings, they had chances and they have been clinical. The third goal decided the game.
“It is mine (responsibility), that is it. The coaching staff are very, very good, brilliant. I choose the way we approach the game, we were not clinical enough and gave too much spaces and when you give good players space they score.
“We are at home, playing against Liverpool, we have gone here over the last two and half years and had a similar approach to high press but today they scored on their chances I think as Manchester United we should always try to stamp our authority on the game.
“That fourth goal is when you go into half time with having to score one every 15 minutes. I know these boys are capable of it. The fourth, that was probably game over. You can look at last season we lose to Spurs 6-1 this is worse, miles worse. This is miles worse for me as a Manchester lad. I’ve just got to say we have to get over this as quickly as we can.
“I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. We know we are rock bottom, we can’t feel any worse than this. Let’s see where we take it,” he added.
The result has left Man United, who are next in action away to Tottenham Hotspur next weekend, in seventh position in the Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.