Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss says red banners at Old Trafford hampered their home form | Football News

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the bizarre claim that the red banners at Old Trafford have hampered his team’s home form this season and changed the lower ones to black.

United will start their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada on Thursday with a 2-0 lead, having won the first leg in Andalusia last week. It was United’s third win in three Europa League away games, but they have yet to taste the two home game victory in the competition this season.

In the Premier League, United’s current 23-game unbeaten run away from home is only improved by a 27-game run for Arsenal between April 2003 and September 2004, all four league losses at Old Trafford this countryside. And Solskajer acted, in an unusual way.

“If you look at all the banners around the rim, they are no longer red,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve looked at this, and there shouldn’t be any reason (why home form is worse), but some players have mentioned that, when making that split second decision, to see if your teammate is the. or not, and the red shirt, on a red background, with red seats – of course we tried to change that, with the anti-racism campaign it was important that was not red too.

“When you have a 4-0 away win against Sociedad you don’t have to win at home, and the first game against Milan we conceded at the last minute. I still think we played good football at home.

“We started badly with three losses, Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal at the start, but we have improved. “

Solskjaer, however, praised Jesse Lingard, whose form at West Ham since arriving on loan in January has been a revelation, and insisted he would be delighted to welcome him again at the end of the season.

“Jesse has been brilliant since leaving,” Solskjaer added. “We could have kept him, he still has a role to play. Man Utd through and through has never been a problem for me.

“He deserved a chance to play more football, which is why we let him go to West Ham. We would welcome him again, we hope he will go to the Euros. I hope he finished well in the league.

Rashford, absent Bailly, suspended trio

Marcus Rashford is a doubt against Granada. The 23-year-old overcame injury issues to open the scoring in last week’s 2-0 first leg win in Spain before being pulled out in the 66th minute.

Rashford managed 72 minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Tottenham but was out of training on the eve of Thursday’s second leg against Granada.

The club said: “Daniel James is in good shape, although he missed the victory at Tottenham with an injury, but Marcus Rashford had to miss training on Wednesday and is therefore in doubt for the tie. . “

Sunday April 18 3:30 p.m.

Kick-off 4:00 p.m.

United captain Harry Maguire, midfielder Scott McTominay and left-back Luke Shaw are suspended for Thursday’s game after collecting bookings in Andalusia.

Anthony Martial and Phil Jones remain injured for a match Eric Bailly will miss, despite returning from Côte d’Ivoire, where he had previously tested positive for Covid-19.

“It’s never a positive thing not to have all the players available, but we have players ready to replace and join the team of course,” said Solskjaer. “It was (a reservation) an amnesty after that quarter-final so we were hoping to get them through, but there were some easy yellow cards that the referee handed out. We are ready to face this. “

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