English Premiership

Solskjaer agrees with Roy Keane's 'lack of intensity' comments

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in agreement with Roy Keane over his comments that Manchester United lacked intensity in their 1-0 loss to Arsenal.

Solskjaer’s 100th match at the wheel ended in a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford, where the Red Devils started a top-flight league season with four winless matches for the first time since 1972-73.

Man United were a shell of the side that hammered RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal punished them, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick sealing a 1-0 win on Sunday.

And Keane was frustrated at United’s lack of energy, bite and enthusiasm against Arsenal.

Keane said on Sky Sports: “We spoke before the game about saying being on the front foot, being aggressive, you’re the home team, and there were none of those things.

“On top of all there was a lack of energy, enthusiasm, a real lack of quality and that really concerned me in the second half when they were getting in half decent positions and chasing the match but (there was) no quality. No composure.

“Some of the performances were really poor. Ole must be scratching his head.

“We kept talking after the Spurs game and whether they turned a corner (after that game). It’s the longest corner ever.”

In response to Keane’s comments, Solskjaer said: “First half, there were no tackles and no fight and football is now about creating that atmosphere yourself.

“These games against Arsenal were always fiery and fierce with tackles flying.

“We didn’t have the tempo and intensity today, I can agree with [him on] that absolutely. I was disappointed with our first-half performance.”

- TEAMtalk media

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Tue 26 Jan 21 20:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
West Ham United
Selhurst Park
Tue 26 Jan 21 20:00 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
Leeds United
St. James' Park
Tue 26 Jan 21 22:15 PM (SAST)
Southampton
Arsenal
St. Mary's Stadium
Results
Sat 23 Jan 21
Aston Villa 2
Newcastle United 0
Thu 21 Jan 21
Liverpool 0
Burnley 1
Wed 20 Jan 21
Fulham 1
Manchester United 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Manchester United
19
12
40
2. Manchester City
18
11
38
3. Leicester City
19
12
38
4. Liverpool
19
9
34