Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he made a selection mistake following their 1-0 loss at Bournemouth.
The Red Devils were unable to register a fourth consecutive away win in all competitions as ex-player Joshua King gave Eddie Howe’s men all three points.
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- Man Utd were chasing a fourth consecutive away win in all competitions at Bournemouth.
- However, they fell to a 1-0 loss with ex-Red Devils forward King scoring the only goal of the game.
- It means United have lost four times already this season after playing 11 games.
- The result leaves them seven points below the Champions League places.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he may have got his team selection wrong.
United had run out 2-1 winners at Chelsea earlier in the week, which saw them progress into the League Cup quarter-finals. That result came after wins against Partizan Belgrade and Norwich City in the Europa League and Premier League respectively.
This recent success on the road had quietened the growing calls for Solskjaer’s removal as head coach among supporters, though executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stressed there’s no intention of sacking the Norwegian tactician anyway.
Solskjaer is Man Utd’s fourth permanent manager following the departure of legendary and long-serving boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 and chances of them making this season’s top four are starting to slide with them seven points below the Champions League places.
This latest setback, United’s fourth league defeat already, could have been averted according to Solskjaer, who felt he got his starting lineup wrong as he should have rotated his team.
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“I think as a whole team, we started well but we were lacking a bit of end product and the quality at the end,” he told reporters.
“I thought the front four looked promising but just flattered to deceive a little bit today. It looked like we could create chances but we just didn’t have the last pass or the last finish and that’s something we need to improve on.’
“It’s natural when you play Wednesday night and then the early kick-off on Saturday that the physical stats might be affected.
“That’s maybe my mistake. Maybe I should have, could have played a couple of others with fresh legs but I thought the ones that played against Norwich deserved another chance.”