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Full transcript as Solskjaer says Man Utd ‘set up to fail’ in awkward interview

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at the Premier League after his side beat Everton at Goodison Park.

The Red Devils eased pressure on their manager with a 3-1 win after a quick turnaround from their defeat in Istanbul in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

After the game, Solskjaer claimed his side were "set up to fail" as he hit out at those responsible for the quick turnaround and blamed them for a hamstring injury which forced Luke Shaw off late on.

In an awkward interview with Des Kelly on BT Sport, he offered barely any comment on the game, instead ranting about their harsh treatment and questioning who could be held responsible.

Here's the full transcript from Solskjaer's extraordinary interview at full-time.

Des Kelly: “You said two defeats today was like a punch in the stomach so I assume you’ve got your breath back today. That must’ve been very satisfying?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Of course it is, because we were set up to fail.

“I said to you before, I want to talk to you about the kick-off time, before the game, and this has set up the boys to fail.

“We’ve got Luke Shaw injured today because we’ve been to Turkey, we’ve had loads of games this season already.

“And we’ve been to Turkey on Wednesday night, back Thursday morning and we’re playing Saturday, lunchtime kick-off?

“It’s an absolute shambles and I can’t praise the boys enough for that character they’ve shown. That’s all I want to talk about today.

“Those boys, they deserve better than being thrown out here to fail today.”

Kelly: “So that’s what we saw. A bit of character from your side, from your squad, because people were talking. I’ve been talking to Harry, talking to Bruno about questions about the leadership in the dressing room, taking responsibility.

“You think those questions have been answered properly today?”

Solskjaer: “Authorities set us up to fail, they’ve tried.

“How can they set us up, after a Champions League game, Wednesday night, in Turkey, and set us a Saturday, 12:30 kick-off?
“You’ve got Liverpool and City, fair play, they play against each other, they played on Tuesday and play Sunday.

“Who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that, I’ve had enough.

“Players, this season, I said it yesterday, we have to understand how these players, in these times, the pandemic, how mentally draining that is, physically draining this is, and you set them up like this?

“We’ve lost Luke Shaw because of that.”

Kelly: “The demands on a big club are very, very difficult and….”

Solskjaer: “So set us up on a Sunday then. There’s absolutely no problem with Sunday, it’s an international break after.

“No argument whatsoever, it’s just a joke.”

Kelly: “Let’s talk about the performances of the players as well…

Solskjaer: “Brilliant. Brilliant.”

Kelly: “Bruno Fernandes, two goals, fabulous performance…”

Solskjaer: “Top, absolutely top. Fantastic after Wednesday night, Thursday morning coming back.

“I just go back to that one all the time, and they’ve shown that today.

“We’ve spoken about it. They’re not going to have the pleasure of seeing us lose again.”]

Kelly: “And Cavani scored the first of possibly many goals?”

Solskjaer: “Hopefully. He’s getting better and better and sharper and sharper.

“Today was just trying to finish the game off because we did well.”

Kelly: “Just quickly update us on the state of the injuries. What’s Luke Shaw’s injury and could you also just clarify what’s happened to Mason Greenwood who wasn’t in the squad today?

“He wasn’t feeling well last night.

“He looked well in training, looked OK then he reported not well, can’t travel.”

“Luke, hamstring, that might be a long one.

“Rashford, I think he’s struggling.”

Kelly: “It looked like he had a shoulder injury…”

Solskjaer: “Yeah, it looked like it.

“That’s the demands on the players.”

Kelly: “Well you got through.”

Solskjaer: “Yeah we did. They deserve all the praise, well done.”

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