‘It’s definitely not going to be 0-0!’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match prediction comes back to haunt him as Manchester United and Leeds play out goalless stalemate at Elland Road… with fans inisting he ‘jinxed it’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match prediction came back to haunt him on Sunday
- The Manchester United boss insisted his side would not draw 0-0 at Elland Road
- But there was little entertainment as Leeds held his side to a goalless stalemate
- United fans insisted that the Norwegian had jinxed his side before kick-off
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match prediction couldn’t have gone much worse on Sunday afternoon.
The Manchester United boss was adamant there would be goals as his side took on Leeds at Elland Road. Unfortunately for the Norwegian, he was left red faced at full-time.
His promise of an entertaining, end-to-end clash didn’t quite materialise as planned with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match prediction came back to haunt the Manchester United boss
Solskjaer insisted their game with Leeds would not be 0-0 before the two teams played out a goalless stalemate at Elland Road
‘It’s not going to be 0-0, I can guarantee it’s not going to be 0-0,’ the United boss insisted during his interview with MUTV before kick-off.
‘It’s two teams who want to attack and attack as quickly as they can. We know that when we attack they’re very dangerous on the counter-attack and when they attack they know we’re quite good on the counter-attack. There’s loads of good attacking players.’
It’s easy to understand why Solskjaer expected goals. The previous encoutner at Old Trafford finished 6-2 to the the Red Devils with a total of 43 shots, the most of any Premier League game this season.
United fans were adamant their manager jinxed his side with his bold pre-match prediction
It was a much different story on Sunday, however.United struggled to breakdown a resolute Leeds defence and the two teams managed a combined total of 22 shots with seven on target.
Fans believe Solskjaer’s comments jinxed his side, with one posting on Twitter: ‘Solskjaer literally promised us that it’s not going to be 0-0 and then jinxed himself’.
Another shared the club’s video and wrote: ‘This guy jinxed us by the way.’
United captain Harry Maguire admitted that his side will have to improve if they are to beat Europa League opponents Roma and Liverpool next weekend.
The Red Devils beat Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford but only had four shots on target on Sunday
He told Sky Sports: ‘It’s a big week. We need to improve on today, for sure, we need to be more clinical in the final third.
‘Obviously Roma in the Europa League is going to be a tough tie, but it’s one we are looking forward to, and then Liverpool at Old Trafford.
‘It’s a big week, but we’ve got to go into it full of confidence and try to improve on what we’ve shown today.’