Solskjaer refuses to hit out at Man City’s ban being overturned as Man Utd boss insists ‘it’s for others to debate’


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER  has refused to jump on the battering of Manchester City over their FFP ban being overturned.

Other top flight managers like Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have expressed their unease at CAS’s decision to reverse their two-year European ban.

Liverpool boss Klopp even claimed ‘I don’t think it is a good day for football.”

But Solskjaer was not joining them.

The Manchester United boss said: “I think other people can debate that and want to debate that I don’t think that’s my job, my job is to focus on the next game and do the right things. 

“With FFP it was brought into keep football clubs financially sustainable and that’s important and they give us rules, that’s what we’re focusing on and let other people discuss the rights and wrongs.”

The decision could actually directly affect Solskjaer and United more than any other club.

They stand fifth in the Premier League table, a position that would have got them into the Champions League had the ban stood.

Their late concession to Southampton on Monday night turned a 2-1 lead into a draw and they stand behind Leicester on goal difference.

But with three games to go starting with a trip to Crystal Palace tomorrow night and The Foxes still to play on the last day, Solskjaer knows the situation remains in their own hands.

I think other people can debate that and want to debate that I don’t think that’s my job, my job is to focus on the next game and do the right things.

He said: “You just need to keep on doing what we’ve been doing, trust yourselves, you’re at a club where it always boils down to the last couple of weeks of the season.

“We’ve done fantastic since we restarted, had a great run, a little bit of a setback is a test for mentalities.

“We’ve played some good football, enjoyable football, we’re privileged to play for this great club and there’s a certain expectation of how we play football and we’re getting closer to that type of team.”

United remain on an impressive unbeaten run that has now stretched to 18 games.

They still have an FA Cup semi-final to come against Chelsea to come and the Europa League mini tournament to round off the season.

They are flying up front with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford bagging another goal each on Monday night.

They have now both scored 21 to go with eight assists.

Martial in particular is in explosive form.

Solskjaer said: “He’s definitely developing, improving and enjoying his football.

“He’s stepped it up as an individual and more as a team player, and physically.

“I remember last season there were talks about our forwards being the least active and there were stats flying around, but Anthony is now working really hard for the team and he is a quality, quality finisher.”


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