Real Sociedad manager Niall Quinn has been left unimpressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s comment ahead of their Europa League round of the 32 match in Turin, Italy.
Manchester United dropped to the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group which has PSG, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.
“When the draw was made, probably the hardest you could pick from the unseeded group. They were top of LaLiga for a while and are still in the hunt for a Champions League place. We have to play at the highest level to get a result.” Solskjær said.
Quinn labelled Solskjær’s words as excuses and said United have only themselves to blame for dropping down to the Europa League.
“Is he complaining the way they ended up in that competition? It’s a real shame for Manchester United that they are not playing in the bigger one. How they managed to knock themselves out of that competition, I don’t know,” Quinn said.
“It is a tough game. Real Sociedad are decent, there is no doubt about that, but I don’t think making excuses before you play in the second competition is a good start. He should be saying we are Man Utd, this our competition for the taking. We are better than anybody here.”
The first leg of the tie would be played in Juventus home stadium in Turin, Italy due to coronavirus travel restrictions between the UK and Spain.
Manchester United faces a familiar opponent in former Manchester City playmaker David Silva who joined Sociedad at the beginning of the season after his contract with City expired.
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