Solskjaer blames goalless draw against Chelsea on absence of fans

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Manchester United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has said his side could have gotten a goal in the goalless draw against Chelsea, had the Stretford end been filled with fans.

Both sides produced a rather boring performance in a game many expected to be full of goals at Old Trafford, and Solskjaer, who believes playing in the UEFA Champions League in midweek affected the display, also says his side would have been able to nick one in in the second half if the fans had been there.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, the Norwegian said, “It was two teams that played in Europe this week and it showed a little in the first-half. 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].

“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.”

United’s best chances at goal came from Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani, who was only making his debut for the Red Devils.