- Man United make a thrilling comeback to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was trailed 2–0 at half-time
- United manager later said supporters ‘know they’re better than him’
- But his comments were called ‘stupid’ by CBS pundit Jamie Carragher
- Solskjaer can’t lose fans’ confidence, says former Liverpool defender
Jamie Carragher has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was ‘foolish’ to take a swipe at Manchester United fans after some saw the team knock out the team at half-time ahead of their thrilling return against Atalanta.
Solskjaer said after the match that fans know they are better than him ‘after what he described as ‘stuttering’ with his team leaving the Italian side behind by two goals.
United claimed a crucial Champions League victory at Old Trafford thanks to the second half of Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo to top Group F.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United fans ‘should know better’ than to ‘mumble’ after his team was dismissed at half-time while trailing Atalanta 2-0 on Tuesday night
Jamie Carragher believes Solskjaer was ‘foolish’ to criticize United supporters like this
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Speaking to CBS after the comeback win, Solskjaer said: ‘This crowd should never stop believing in these players.
‘You hear a little murmur. I’ve been at this club for more or less 18 years, and it doesn’t happen very often. They know they are better than this.’
Manchester United fans walk past their team during Tuesday night’s match at Old Trafford
Back at CBS Studios, former Liverpool defender-turned-pundit Carragher was amazed that Solskjaer would be important to fans.
‘I thought it was a weird interview. The comment he made about fans was a silly thing,’ he said.
‘I think the fans won him that game in the second half.
‘Man United are coming into Atalanta 2-0 at half-time and I don’t think they were that poor, but you’re gonna grumble, people who are sad.
‘It’s not just that game, it’s a bad game and it’s his performance at Leicester. When that ground is shaking, it’s hard to stop.
‘I’ve been there as a player and it’s hard to stop, the teams get deeper and deeper.
‘Pros are just as important as Cristiano Ronaldo, or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or the changes they make in the second half.
Ronaldo tops up to meet a Luke Shaw cross and gives the Red Devils the lead of late
Rashford celebrates after taking a goal back to start a fightback at the start of the second half
‘It was a really silly thing to say that supporters should have known better when they played such a big part in them winning the game.’
Carragher also pointed out that Solskjaer will need similar raucous support for his team if they are to beat Liverpool in a Premier League performance on Sunday.
He said: ‘If Man United beat Liverpool on Sunday, it will again be more because of the supporters than any player on the pitch because, as you know, United haven’t got a player or team as good as Liverpool, So they ‘will need that support.’
United were level on 75 minutes when Harry Maguire volleyed home his side’s equalizer
United captain celebrates with home supporters as they go looking for a winner
Solskjaer salutes Stratford End on final whistle after another United Late Show
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November 2 Atalanta (A)
November 6 Manchester City (HK)
November 20 Watford (A)
23 November Villarreal (A)
Solskjaer took pains to admit that most of United’s support was behind his team throughout the game, even when they were behind.
He said: ‘Here this section, the singing section, they were fantastic throughout the game, that’s what we have to remember.
‘Some supporters probably thought they wanted to wake up the players but I didn’t think they needed to wake up, they needed support.
‘Easy so when the crowd has your back you’ll probably start blaming others. You have to keep believing.’
After losing 4-2 to Leicester on Saturday, United suffered another defeat as Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral put Atalanta two goals ahead within 28 minutes.
United had seen many opportunities to pass him, but in the end they had to count in the second half. Rashford made a comeback before captain Harry Maguire drew at home.
Ronaldo then took the win by rising above the Atalanta defense with nine minutes remaining to win a Luke Shaw cross.
The win provides some relief for under-pressure Solskjaer, but the fixture list has not been kind for United with Sunday’s home game with Liverpool, followed by visits to Tottenham and Atalanta, then a home with Manchester City. Play.