Manchester United given Europa League Final warning by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after another Old Trafford setback

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired a Europa League Final warning to his Manchester United players after another disappointing Old Trafford result.

Old Trafford welcomed supporters back for the first time in 436 days on Tuesday evening against Fulham, with the 10,000 in attendance making their feelings against the Glazer family loud and clear as they enjoyed their long-awaited return.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring with an outrageous 35-yard clipped effort 15 minutes into his first match in front of United fans, but the hosts failed to turn their dominance into victory.

Watch: Solskjaer - Fulham draw must be a wake-up call

Joe Bryan all too easily ghosted in to seal relegated Fulham a 1-1 draw, leaving Solskjaer frustrated at the end of a special evening at the Theatre of Dreams.

United are now winless in their last three League games at home, having lost 2-1 to Leicester and 4-2 to Liverpool last week.

Solskjaer had hoped to use this match to wrap up second spot and build momentum ahead of their Europa League final against Villarreal, but has warned his players they will have to step things up if they are to lift the trophy next Wednesday.

“We need to play better against Villarreal than what we have the last three games,” the United boss told reporters.

“But I think you’ve seen so many times that when we’ve been backed into a corner, when we’ve lost, when we’ve been criticised, we’ve always come back and stuck together.

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“I think it might be a wake-up call because we tried to do the fancy stuff - the flicks, the extraordinary things, the things that pleased the fans.

“That’s not what we’re about. We should be more efficient.

“Have a look at Cavani, have a look at how he plays the game. Every single one of us look at him.

“Back tackles, runs, scores - there’s no fluff. And we can’t have fluff in a game of football.”

Solskjaer claimed his United players were guilty of overplaying against Fulham in an attempt to entertain the returning supporters.

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“The buzz, the energy, the atmosphere was magic, really. It was fantastic to have them back.

“You felt in the warm-up the buzz of people just talking and that’s been missing. We’ve really missed it.

“Maybe that was part of the reason that we played the way we did because I thought we played too much to entertain at times.

“Too many difficult choices instead of a simple one. We made the difficult one, the one that might look better and that will come back to cost us at times. A good experience.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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