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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'We were lacking a bit of that spark.'

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Man Utd boss wants Bruno Fernandes to express himself and spur his team-mates on.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bemoaned his side's lack of energy after they played out a goalless draw with Wolverhampton on Saturday.

The Norwegian believes the recent heavy schedule was a burden on his Red Devils in their Premier League match against Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves at Old Trafford - where Bruno Fernandes made his promising debut.

After United dropped to sixth spot in the league table, Solskjaer said: “We dominated the game again against them – 65 per cent possession – but we didn’t create too many big chances, unfortunately.

“We were lacking a bit of that spark, which is natural. We’re on the end of a relentless run – 18 games in the last two months.

“The effort, attitude and character of the players, all the running they’ve done, I can’t fault them. And knowing Wolverhampton as well as we do, and as well as they know us, it was never going be an open game. I don’t think it’s (about) confidence – it’s energy.”

Solskjaer said of Fernandes, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon earlier this week: “It’s his first game with new team-mates, so I think he played well.

“You want him to express himself and spur team-mates on. That’s one of the first things I told him – be yourself, don’t change your character, try to get on the ball, make things happen.

“In the first half there wasn’t enough movement in front of him, everyone wanted ball in to feet. We changed it a bit in the second half and created more opportunities but I don’t think any team deserved to win.”



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