Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has linked the home’s poor performance to the red Empty seats and banners.
Solskjaer explains that the players’ jerseys are blending into the red canvas of banners and empty seats at Old Trafford. While United have arguably been outstanding on away, Solskjaer has deemed a change in the stadium necessary.
Many have put the drastic changes down to a lack of fans but Solskjaer has dug down to tie this to the blending of Players Jersey with the Red background.
“You’ll see a change now, the banners around the pitch, they’re not red anymore,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve looked into this and there shouldn’t be any reason really, but some of the players have mentioned. That split-second decision you have to make – look over your shoulder if your teammate is there or not. And the red shirt is on the red background with the red seats,” Ole said.
“So, we’ve tried to change that, along with the anti-racism campaign [banner]. So of course it was important that wasn’t Red anymore,” he added.
Solskjaer insists the Europa League second leg results against Real Sociedad were good results.
“Then again, there shouldn’t be any reason. But if you’ve got a 4-0 advantage [in the Real Sociedad tie] you don’t really have to win that game. 0-0 was a good result,” the United boss said.
“Then the first game against Milan, that’s still a draw, we conceded in the last minute. I still think we’ve played some good football at home,” he continued.
“We started off badly with three defeats to Palace, Tottenham, and Arsenal early on, so we’ve improved,” Solskjaer admits.
Solskjaer side hosts Spanish outfit, Granada, in the Europa second Leg Thursday night football at Old Trafford. United enjoys a 2-0 advantage from last week’s victory in Spain.
However, Solskjaer misses three key members after Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Scott McTominay were suspended. Probably, the Red Devils will feature an inexperienced side tonight with Eric Bailly’s absence and doubtful Marcus Rashford.