(Reuters) – Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his team has made "progress" this weekend despite losing 0-2 to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throws the ball REUTERS / Phil Noble
With this win on Sunday, Liverpool took the lead with a 16 point lead – and with a 30 point lead over the fifth United.
However, Solskjaer was convinced that his players showed signs of improvement at Anfield, as they are still in the top four this season.
"We lost to Liverpool, a team you all say is fantastic, and we were in the game until the very last kick," Solskjaer said at a press conference Tuesday.
"For me this is progress. And of course we are disappointed that we lost the game. We don't want to play in the league. But there were signs that we are on the right track."
Former club captain Gary Neville said club vice president Ed Woodward should be held responsible for the club not winning a championship title since 2013, despite earning around £ 850 million ($ 1.11 billion) ) for players.
Solskjaer said discussing the club's recruitment policy was an undesirable distraction before the Burnley home game on Wednesday.
“Now is not the time for me to talk about recruitment. We look forward to the next game against Burnley, ”added the Norwegian head coach.
"We are always striving to improve the squad and the club, but now is not the time for me, Gary, to start this discussion."
United has been accused by the Football Association of failing to ensure that players behave "properly" against Liverpool.
The indictment relates to an incident in which several United players surrounded referee Craig Pawson after previously allowing Liverpool's Roberto Firmino to score.
The video assistant referee overruled Virgil van Dijk's foul on United goalkeeper David de Gea in preparation and Solskjaer suggested that the FA's decision to attack his club was tough.
"Maybe I shouldn't talk too much about it," he added.
"Let's make this decision, but … sorry (press officer) Karen (Shotbolt). It (the target) fell. I responded because everyone could see that it was a foul."
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Hardik Vyas reporting in Bengaluru; Cut by Hugh Lawson