Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United produced the poorest performance of his reign as Wolves sent them crashing out of the FA Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 quarter-final win.
But United’s interim manager was remarkably upbeat despite his side’s flat performance, saying they had plenty more to fight for as they aim for a top- four finish in the Premier League and look forward to a Champions League last-eight tie against Barcelona.
United were well beaten by an eager Wolves side who scored two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half through Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, with Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort a consolation.
Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup.
But they now go into the international break with back-to-back defeats after losing to Arsenal last week, with Rashford’s goal their only real chance of the game.
“Today was the poorest performance we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Solskjaer.
“It was a big step backwards. There was a lack of urgency going forwards and a lack of forward passing and a lack of regains.
“We felt too comfortable in possession and we never put their keeper under pressure or their defenders under pressure.”