Such a disappointing defeat was characterised by some woeful defensive efforts, with former Chelsea striker Demba Ba left in acres of space on the halfway line to run in and slot past goalkeeper Dean Henderson on the counter-attack following a botched United corner.
It was a goal that United legend Paul Scholes – working as a pundit for BT Sport – described as “comical”, “embarassing” and like “Under-10s football”, while things got worse for the visitors when Juan Mata lost possession and was duly punished by Edin Visca.
Although United pulled one back through Anthony Martial before half-time, they could not find an equaliser during a sloppy second half as Solskjaer was left to rue those glaring errors at the back.
“The first one is that we play a short corner and forget about the man up top. That’s unforgivable… We’ve not done our roles, it’s my responsibility,” the Norwegian said.
“You don’t see goals like that at this level. You shouldn’t concede easy goals like that. When you do, it makes winning matches a lot harder.”
Asked if he now feared for his job following back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul and a difficult trip to Everton coming this weekend, Solskjaer, whose side sit a lowly 15th in the Premier League, said: “You know, I decline to comment on such a thing.
“Of course it’s early on and, you know, opinions are out there all the time. You’ve got to stay strong.
“I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff.
“The last two results have been a punch in our stomach.
“The only way I know of – well, I hope the players as well – to respond is to get your act together for the Everton game.
“Because we know that’s going to be a tough and difficult game, so I’m glad we’ve got a game already on Saturday.
“Disappointed with the result. Of course we picked a team to win the game and we hoped that we had enough to create chances. We just didn’t.
“Emotion doesn’t really matter, the emotions, the feelings. I think you can expect or think yourself how we feel after we lose. That’s not something we go out to do.”
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