Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to aim a dig at Liverpool’s playing style after Sunday’s defeat at Anfield.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the Manchester United manager labelled Liverpool one of the most direct teams in the Premier League.
It may seem an over-simplification of Liverpool’s playing style under Jurgen Klopp and they’ve a very cut-throat method to being direct in attack.
You’d have to say it differs from some of the long-ball approaches we’ve used at times since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Watch below as Solskjaer takes a swipe at Liverpool whose fans won’t care as they won the game and are on course to winning their first league title in 30-years.
“They’re the most direct team in the league. They do put teams under pressure. Play them long balls, second balls, corners.”
Despite falling 30 points behind Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was encouraged by Manchester United’s performance at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/XLdECVQq7A
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“It doesn’t matter whether the scoreline is a fair reflection of the game. They won it,” he told reporters after the game, as per Goal.
“We had chances and they had chances. It’s about taking the moment. We had some big chances but Liverpool will say they deserved to win.
“They are the most direct team in the league. They put you under so much pressure and I thought our defenders and midfielders handled it well.
“When the long balls go for Mane, Salah and Firmino, then it is very difficult as they always look to go in behind you.
“The last 10-15 minutes we really pressed them back and made them look tired and us look really fit.
“We looked strong. But we didn’t have that quality. When you don’t have that quality in the last pass and finish then you aren’t going to get anything from places like this.”
He failed to acknowledge the gap between the two teams right now in his post-match assessment.