Blind claims he made ‘absolutely no attack' on Man Utd boss Solskjaer

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Former Netherlands boss Danny Blind claims he made “absolutely no attack” on Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Following their 4-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday, Man Utd are now five points off Premier League leaders Chelsea who beat Brentford 1-0 yesterday.

The defeat to the Foxes means the Red Devils have only won two of their last seven matches in all competitions with four of those losses.

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Man Utd drew 1-1 at home to Everton in their last Premier League match before the international break with Blind critical of Solskjaer.

“What is the identity of this team?” Blind asked. “What is his plan? It is exactly that what is missing with Solskjaer.

“It does not always have to be full pressing, but we don’t see any of it – everything in the United team is based on the individual qualities of players.

“They have those qualities and it often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result. It has not been looking good in a number of matches. United struggle to be ­dominant – that is the whole problem.

“After they took the lead against Everton, they started to wait for them in their own half. They want to score on the counter. But that is not good enough for a club like Manchester United.

“The next thing that you see is how they struggle to turn the game around when ­Everton equalised. They hardly created any chances.”

He continued: “We cannot say that Solskjaer has had a long career at [the] top level as a manager before United.

“Yes, he was a champion in Norway. But that is a ­different level. I know why he gets more time than other coaches, he is a child of the club.

“He scored that legendary goal in 1999 which helped them win the Champions League. But all that is not enough for what is being produced right now.”

The Daily Mirror included ‘savage attack’ in their headline for the quotes, while the Manchester Evening News claimed that Blind ‘brutally mocked’ Solskjaer.

But Blind insists there was “absolutely no attack on Solskjaer” and that his comments were taken out of context.

“I read it on a Dutch website, but I have not spoken to anyone from the English press. I have spoken here,” Blind told host Wytse van de Goot (via Sport Witness).

“I did my job as an analyst at the match between Manchester United and Everton.

“I think as an analyst I am someone who stays close to the facts and to what I see. I said that then, but that was absolutely no attack on Solskjaer.

“In fact, I said that Manchester United chose Solskjaer and then they should give him time. But in that match, not everything went right; that has to be said as well.”

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