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Man Utd defenders ignore Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advice against West Brom

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his side about West Bromwich Albion’s threat before kick-off – but they were undone after just 90 seconds.

Mbaye Diagne headed in an opener after less than two minutes at the Hawthorns after getting in between Victor Lindelof and David de Gea to meet a deep cross.

It was a miserable piece of defending from the Red Devils – and showed they had ignored the advice they had been given by their manager ahead of the game .

Speaking to Sky Sports before kick-off, Solskjaer warned: “You can’t give any team any chance to get the ball in your box.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s warning was not heard by his Man Utd defenders vs West Brom

“If there’s one thing you know about West Brom and Sam, he’s going to challenge us, he’s going to put us under pressure.

“Stay higher maybe, be braver, put our bodies on the line. But we’re here to do a job. We know it’s not going to be an enjoyable, fun one. We need to do a professional job.”

But, at the earliest opportunity, United were caught sitting too deep and allowed a ball to be pumped into their box.

Red Devils legend Gary Neville also spotted the fact they had gone against Solskjaer’s advice.

Speaking on Sky Sports commentary duty, he said: “I watched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talk about his defenders pushing up the pitch in his pre-match interview, well that was exactly the opposite.

Man Utd got off to a nightmare start at the Hawthorns
Man Utd got off to a nightmare start at the Hawthorns

“West Brom were always going to put pressure on the United defence and put the ball into the box as early as possible.

”They don’t shift, Lindelof, Maguire, I said it two or three weeks ago, if you don’t shift the two or three yards when the ball goes back then you’re going to end up on top of your goalkeeper.

“It’s a brilliant ball in, Diagne attacks it really well and he mauls Lindelof and heads it brilliantly past De Gea.”

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