Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted there is no reason to panic after enduring his first defeat as the club’s manager and has backed his players to bounce back with a win in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Chelsea on Monday.
The Red Devils’ unbeaten run under Solskjaer came to a crashing halt against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. The Parisians outclassed and outplayed the Old Trafford outfit, registering a 2-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.
Many are seeing the defeat as a decisive result, but the Norwegian insists there is no reason to panic.
Solskjaer on Chelsea: “I went to see them against Manchester City and City were clinical of course, but [Chelsea] have some fantastic players as well — they could have easily scored two or three in that game. They will be a tough team to play.” #MUFC
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“You don’t panic because you’ve lost a game. You don’t change everything. It doesn’t change the mindset at all,” he said, as quoted by Daily Mail.
“I hate losing games, the boys hate it. They’ve been down, but there’s no point dwelling on it. There are big games with good teams coming up and we need to dust ourselves down. You’ve got to bounce back at this club. You always have challenges and away against Chelsea is tough.”
“We know there was a spell against PSG, seven or eight minutes, when we lost our way. Apart from that, we weren’t too bad.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was then reminded of United’s FA Cup run in 1999 and their famous win against Chelsea in the quarter-finals.
Talking about that, he said, “We beat Arsenal and Liverpool as well. We did it the hard way then and we will have to do it the hard way this year.”