Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Manchester United needs winter break
MANCHESTER: United Manchester manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer He hopes that a two-week winter break can rejuvenate his team's season after a 0-0 draw with Wolves did little for his hopes of a result in the top four in the Premier League.
United delivered a debut at £ 47 million ($ 62 million) signing Bruno Fernandes in the midfield, but the reason for the Portuguese purchase remained obvious as Solskjaer's men again lacked cunning and goals without injuries Marcus Rashford in the front.
We have played many games in the last two months. The players have fallen to the bone, their energy levels have dropped and they need a break now, Solskjaer said.
United will never be in action again until they travel to Chelsea on February 17.
That clash seems like a mandatory victory for Solskjaer's men, as they remain six points behind Chelsea in fourth place, despite a four-win streak in 13 games for the Blues, and fall one point behind Sheffield United.
Rashford is not expected to return for at least a couple more months, so United made a last-minute surprise move to Odion Ighalo on a Shanghai Shenhua loan before Friday's transfer deadline.
We need that little spark in the last third, Solskjaer added. Give us this break and we will start scoring goals.
Wolves also harbor ambitions to play Champions League football , for the first time, next season and they also remain six points behind Chelsea, but they were too cautious in their approach and have now failed to score in three meetings with United in the last month.
Nuno Espirito Santo's men now also have almost two weeks off and also seem to need a break after playing 41 games this season due to their early start in the Europa League.
We don't think about the first four. Now we rest and during this break we will try to improve our game, Nuno said.
Fernandes was eager to leave his mark, as he faced face-to-face with many of his international teammates, but United was largely limited to long-range shots.
Bruno is an outstanding player, Solskjaer added. The first half, everyone was putting the ball on their feet and Bruno is one of those players who want the players to move in front of him and we didn't.
Rui Patricio twice denied his former teammate of Sporting Lisbon, while Juan Mata also curled up in the second half.
The wolves' plan to contain and counterattack was almost worth it when Adama Traore broke into the heart of United's midfield and played in Raúl Jiménez, who forced David de Gea to a good salvation.
Ighalo is still heading to Manchester from China. Without the Nigerian, Solskjaer had to turn to Mason Greenwood, 18, in search of a winner.
The teenager almost gave birth with a deflected shot that fell gently into Patricio's arms, barefoot.
The best opportunity for the host fell to replace Diogo Dalot in the time of detention, but his header turned inches wide to ensure that United have won only one of their last five league games.