Manchester United defeat by Wolves a 'big step backwards' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer laments worst Manchester United performance of his interim tenure

"We were very disappointed in the result, it hurts more than anything, but we can't look at the performance and say we were s***, because we weren't, to be honest and blunt".

"It's a good spot defensively, not too deep, not too high and then use the pace on the break as soon as you get the ball".

"It was a big step backwards, I've got to say", stated Solskjaer. "That was the poorest performance we have had".

Diogo Jota had the best chance of the first stanza for Nuno Espírito Santo's charges three minutes before the break after he was sent clear on goal by Raul Jimenez's, but Romero pulled off a good save from just inside the box to keep the score level.

The hosts added United's name to a list of cup conquests that also includes Liverpool and Solskjaer admitted to being impressed by Wolves, who have already recorded a creditable draw at Old Trafford this season.

"Hopefully some of them will have good experience with the national team, some will have a few days off and train hard here". This takes us forward, two years ago we were in a bad place and these people are going to follow us and I can't tell you how proud I am of everyone.

With an global break meaning it will be two weeks before he gets his players back for a tricky Premier League clash vs. Watford at Old Trafford, he has time to ponder the challenge he faces to get United back on track and ensure something tangible is salvaged from a rollercoaster ride of a season.

United's caretaker manager was quick to remind the fans that there is still plenty to play for when domestic football restarts with a home game against Watford on March 30.

"But of course, you can't sit down and sulk too long".

"We've played so much worse and won games and that's the unusual thing when you're a manager".

"Then we will be ready to push again because we're in a great position in the league, we're in the Champions League".

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