Solskjaer claims Man Utd would have beaten Chelsea if fans were at stadium


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United may have been able to “get that ball over the line” against Chelsea had there been fans in Old Trafford.

The Red Devils went into the fixture against the Blues in fine form after a 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle and an impressive 2-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

But United were held to a goalless draw in a drab fixture on Saturday evening, with new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy impressing as both defences reigned supreme.

And Solskjaer believes the blame for his side’s failure to score lies with the absence of fans at Old Trafford, as well as United’s hectic fixture schedule.

Solskjaer’s side had the better chances but were unable to score against Chelsea

“It was two teams that played in Europe this week and it showed a little in the first-half,” the United boss told Sky Sports. “In the second half we pushed on and if the Stretford End is full, we might get that ball over the line.

‘We pegged them, it was a good block by Thiago Silva and there were two good saves by the keeper against Marcus (Rashford).

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A dull fixture ended all square at an empty Old Trafford

“If we had that stadium or the Stretford End full we could have created more urgency. It lacks, that game lacks.

“You’re here watching the game and it’s a different sport. We miss the fans.

“It’s the same for all teams but everyone agrees that football now has a little less in it, the edge has gone and we can’t wait to get the fans back.”

The proposed return of fans to stadiums this month has been postponed, while Solskjaer has also moved to explain the reason behind United’s poor home form.

The Red Devils have a 100 per cent record on the road this season across all competitions, but lost their first two home games an aggregate score of 9-2.

The 0-0 draw against Chelsea means they have failed to pick up a win from their first three home games for the first time since 1972.

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