Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames empty stadium for Man United's defeat to Arsenal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames empty stadium for Man United's defeat to Arsenal

- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Man United players were sloppy in their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal

- The tactician also claimed fans' absence played a key role in their poor showing at Old Trafford

- The Red Devils have failed to win any of their first four home EPL games so far this campaign

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Manchester United continued their poor start to the 2020-21 campaign after their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal that condemned the Red Devils to their third Premier League home defeat this term.

Paul Pogba's ill-timed tackle on Hector Bellerin cost the hosts their first defeat to the North Londoners since September 2006.

Though the Frenchman has already taken responsibility for the loss, his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however blames something else for the poor result.

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The Norwegian-born tactician admitted that his players were too sloppy, but also blamed their woes on empty stadia both home and away.

Daily Mail reports that Solskjaer made similar comments after his side's goalless draw against Chelsea last month, saying they could have scored if the Stretford End was full. He told the media:

"From the first half we never turned up. They were better than us. A couple of half-decent chances, second half it didn’t look like they would score other than penalty, we have to turn up with more intensity.
"That might be a reason, when you think you have played well you take foot off the pedal, but that’s now how it works. We weren’t at the races.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames empty stadium for Man United's defeat to Arsenal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exchanging pleasantries with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta after their Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Photo by Paul Ellis.
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"Today we were too sloppy, too many passes went astray, too many things that can go wrong went wrong for us.

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"There is a reason behind big squads in football, you want to perform time and again but that’s not possible. We need that consistency.
"Home and away form is out the window really with no fans in the stadium. You can't really look at that, just look at the stats.
It doesn’t mean too much, we need to get points on the board. We need to focus on Everton next week."

Man United slid to 15th on the log after their disappointing defeat to the Gunners as they hope to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to the Goodison Park for a battle against Everton.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half goal was all Arsenal needed to claim their first Premier League victory at Old Trafford since September 17, 2006.

The 31-year-old fired the North Londoners to victory from the penalty spot after Paul Pogba fouled Hector Bellerin in his danger zone.

Brazilian forward Willian started the move from the right-wing who tried to break into the 18-yard box but was prevented before threading a pass to his teammate and the move earned them a chance at goal.

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