Solskjaer blames one Man Utd player after 1-1 draw with Chelsea


Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he does not regret starting goalkeeper David De Gea for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, but says the Spaniard should have done better with the goal he conceded.

Juan Mata gave United the lead in the 11th minute but another goalkeeping error allowed Marcos Alonso to equalise two minutes before half-time.

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Antonio Rudiger’s speculative 35-yard shot was Chelsea’s first effort on target and De Gea spilled the ball at Marcos Alonso’s feet and he guided it in off the far post.

When asked after the draw with Chelsea whether he thought he should have left out De Gea, Solskjaer told the BBC: “No. David has been a fantastic keeper at this club, his reaction after City was good and I was confident in him. He knows he could do better with their goal but it’s one of those things again.

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“We did the same against City and started well but today we never found our rhythm again. We needed the tempo to be higher, with a higher intensity but we never managed to get that.”

Solskjaer added: “You never know, we felt we needed to win this game. The boys started fantastic, created chances, got in behind and got the lead and then second half we never managed to get the quality and tempo back up again.

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“It was a good game of football, both could have won it but probably a draw is fair result. They’re probably more happy than we are with the draw, it’s one of those days and we must dust ourselves down and win the next two – you never know as points are being dropped left, right and centre.”

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