Cristiano Ronaldo Makes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Feelings Clear With "Blame" Comment
Solskjaer went into the Old Trafford clash under a certain amount of pressure, having won just three times in their last eight games in all competitions.
United managed to ease some of that in midweek, thanks to a miraculous come-from-behind victory over Atalanta in the Champions League. But there was no such reprieve in the Premier League, with Liverpool battering their old rivals with a scintillating attacking display.
Mohamed Salah became the first opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford as he underlined his credentials as the world’s best player. Cristiano Ronaldo says the Manchester United players are the only ones to blame after their Liverpool thrashing.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo endured a frustrating afternoon as his drought in the league extended to four games. Ronaldo was signed by Solskjaer in the summer, with many believing he could be the final piece in the jigsaw to help them win the title for the first time since 2013.
But on an afternoon where United couldn’t have looked further from title winners, Solskjaer’s future appears to be hanging in the balance. The Norwegian took full responsibility for the chastening defeat, but Ronaldo has suggested that it is the players, and the players alone, that are to blame.
“Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want,” the 36-year-old posted on social media.
“And this is on us, only on us, because there’s no one else to blame. Our fans were, once again, amazing in their constant support. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked “They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to deliver. The time is now!”
Solskjaer is adamant he won’t walk away from his post, believing that despite the demolition by Liverpool, they are ‘close’ to being where he wants his side to be.
"This is the worst feeling,” the United boss said. “You feel rock bottom and the feeling we've had, that we are getting to where we want to be, has been there.
“But in the last few weeks we've hit a brick wall. The results haven't come, the performances haven't come, we've conceded too many goals, too many easy goals and that's a concern. "Well, I've heard nothing else [on my future] and I'm still thinking about tomorrow's work. Of course, we're all low, I can't say now that I've felt any worse than this, this is the worse I've been, the lowest I've been, but I accept the responsibility and that is mine today and it's mine going forward.
He added: "Next week is Tottenham away, it's a Champions League game Atalanta, the next team who visits us is Man City.
“We have to look forward, sort our frames of mind out and make sure we go into the next training session in the right frame of mind."