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Manchester United boss: Why we didn’t win vs Everton

Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Young Boys and Manchester United at Wankdorf stadium in Bern, on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said his team finished 1-1 against Everton due to a lack of ‘cutting edge’ and their susceptibility to the counter-attack.

Solskjaer’s men took the lead through Anthony Martial, but they were held back by Andros Townsend’s goal from a counterattack.

The manager said the ‘key lesson’ Man Utd must learn from this disappointing draw is to be more alert to possible counter attacks, pinpointing that they almost lost during their Champions League game owing to counter attacks.

“We gave them a few counterattacks. I don’t know the stats. I know we had the ball most of the time. They didn’t play through us, they counterattacked.

“That was the same on Wednesday night. We need to be better on when not to risk it, when not to be counter-attacked. That is the key lesson today because they do create big chances on quick breaks,” Solskjaer said.

“Well, part of it was really good. We started well, had high energy, scored a fantastic goal, coming into halftime at 1-0 you’re pleased. In the second half, we lacked that cutting edge to get the second, which is vital in a game like this. From a corner that we have, you concede a goal five seconds later. That was the disappointing bit.”

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