Solskjaer: ‘Passive’ Man United players must ‘trust themselves’ to regain form after derby defeat to Man City

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lamented his “passive” Manchester United players after a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City.

Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off started badly for the Red Devils as Eric Bailly put through is own net and David De Gea, following a number of sublime saves, then fumbled Bernardo Silva’s strike on the verge of half-time.

“We started badly, passive, and then they get the first goal,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“It was always going to be difficult anyway but being 1-0 down was hard. David kept us in the game with some good saves and then they scored a goal they always score. Cancelo cuts inside... we know that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen.

“[City] played well, of course they don’t give you opportunities to win the ball off them so some praise must go to them. But we were not at our level, and standards need to be raised.

“We still don’t trust ourselves with the ball, we don’t pass the ball as well as I know we can, we don’t find the angles. Sometimes that is the team you play against but we sometimes made the wrong solution, sometimes the right solution with bad execution.”

United managed just one shot on target as City dominated throughout, but Solskjaer insisted he is capable of delivering better performances which, he noted, arrived not long ago.

The manager added: “We’ve gone away from what we used to be - went to Tottenham, be solid, win 3-0 with a different system - but systems or styles... we need to be on the front foot more.

“I can’t look at myself and say this is the way we want United to play.”

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