Solskjaer backs Manchester United to bounce back in Champions League clash

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Manchester United boss Olé Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side will be back and better, after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Following the abysmal performance, ex-players and pundits have slammed the Red Devils for being too passive in the match, including Roy Keane, who claimed there was no enthusiasm.

And Solskjaer seems to agree with the club legend, as he recently said, as quoted by the official Man United website, “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.

“For me, 0-0 was written all over it. First half, we were very disappointed with the performance. Second half, I thought that’s a better performance.

“We were putting some pressure on them. Of course, we gave a soft penalty away which is disappointing, unnecessary really, but things like this happen.

The Norwegian, however backed his side to be back and better by the time they face Bakasehir in the Champions League later this week.

“We seemed a bit leggy. I know these players well enough,” he added.

“They’ll be disappointed tonight and go back to their families but be ready again on Wednesday night for a big game [against Istanbul Bakasehir in Turkey].”