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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plea to Man Utd stars after going 2-0 down vs RB Leipzig

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cut a desperate figure on the touchline as his side were sent crashing out of the Champions League.

After battling back into the Premier League top four to return to the premier European competition, the Red Devils simply needed to avoid defeat against RB Leipzig to reach the knockout stages.

But they were made to pay for a nightmare start in Germany as they suffered a 3-2 defeat which sent them crashing back into the Europa League.

Solskjaer’s shell-shocked team were 2-0 down inside just 13 minutes after a nightmare start left them in desperate need of a response.

And pitchside microphones picked up some of Solskjaer’s instructions as he attempted to help guide his side back into the game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not guide his Man Utd side into the Champions League knockout stages

A few moments after the second goal, Nemanja Matic picked up the ball in the middle of the park.

But he found himself frustrated by a lack of options as he paused on the ball and eventually played a simple pass back to Victor Lindelof.

Solskjaer’s frustration with his side in possession was clear as he was heard barking instructions.

“Go on, get up there,” he shouted before adding. “You’ve got to move the ball quicker!”

Nemanja Matic was left with nowhere to go as Solskjaer urged his side to move the ball quicker

It seemed United’s players had little answer to Solskjaer’s pleas as they struggled to get going before half-time.

And the game looked dead and buried when a mix-up between Harry Maguire and David De Gea allowed Justin Kluivert to slot in a third goal after 69 minutes.

But a string of changes helped the Red Devils into the ascendancy with Bruno Fernandes converting a penalty with 10 minutes remaining.

Paul Pogba then rose highest after coming off the bench to set up a grandstand finale – only for Leipzig to regroup and make United pay for their slow start.

After the game, United legend Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport: “They were outplayed. I thought they were outclassed all over the pitch tonight from the minute the game started.

“Two early goals, absolutely took the fizz out of the team if there was anything from the beginning to be had.

“They ended up fighting in the end, giving a good account of themselves in the last five or ten minutes, a little bit of energy, but it wasn’t enough.”




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