Simon Jordan has branded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘childish’ for his post-match rant following Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
A crucial win on Merseyside alleviated growing pressure on Solskjaer heading into the international break, as the Reds made it seven consecutive away wins in the league.
But the Norwegian boss was in no mood for celebration at full-time, and instead embarked on an extraordinary rant about his side’s demanding fixture schedule.
United were forced to play Everton on Saturday lunchtime, despite only arriving back from Turkey following their defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Solskjaer was incandescent in his post-match interview and claimed United had been set up to fail by the footballing authorities.
Former Crystal Palace chairman and TalkSPORT pundit Jordan sympathies with Solskjaer over the congested schedule, but believes it was a feigned reaction of a man under pressure.
👎 "Solskjaer was childish in his outburst."
✅ "I sympathise with the scheduling of that game."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 9, 2020
Ultimately, Solskjaer was right to be exasperated about the timing of a fixture that he had hoped to change over a month ago.
As he noted in the interview Jordan is referring to, there was no reason why United’s game could not have been played a day later, particularly when Liverpool and Man City both featured in Europe on Tuesday but faced off on the Sunday.
Solskjaer’s frustrations are understandable, but it has also been proven that his comments have deflected some of the talk regarding his future with debate now rife around the scheduling of United’s fixtures.
See Solskjaer’s post-match interview where he vented his frustrations below, via BT Sport:
"The kick-off time set us up to fail."
"It's an absolute shambles. The boys deserve better."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious that Man Utd have had to play on Saturday afternoon having played in Turkey on Wednesday night.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2020