Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits to copying Liverpool tactic in Old Trafford draw | Football | Sport


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he copied a tactic previously used by Liverpool in the Premier League match at Old Trafford yesterday.

The Red Devils looked to play the ball down the channels and in behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher explained the tactic on Match of the Day 2 last night.

He explained: “People are obsessed with passing the ball but just spinning them down the sides and turning them. It creates a tempo in the stadium and the opposition don’t like it.

“We always used to play like that early on, get the ball forward and turn teams and it gives you a foothold in the game to play football.”

United boss Solskjaer admitted it was a tactic he used after seeing what Liverpool did in the Champions League final against Tottenham.

He said: “Liverpool won the Champions League final with a hook in behind in the first 40 seconds. You have to be unpredictable and I think we have been like that today.”

Marcus Rashford netted the opener for United before Adam Lallana equalised in the 85th minute.

And despite being disappointed the England international believes the Red Devils can now kick on after a poor start to their Premier League campaign.

“My overall feeling is disappointment,” he said.

“I think we deserved the three points and we can say it was a better performance, but at the end of the day they didn’t deserve to draw or win the game.

“So, I see it as we’ve lost two points and it was a big opportunity, a big game, but we keep going. We’ll try and get a win mid-week and hopefully we can kick on.”

United return to action on Thursday in the Europa League when they take on Partizan Belgrade.

After that Solskjaer’s side travel to Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday as they look to desperately make up ground on the top four.

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