Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s warning to Man Utd stars plus Paul Pogba injury latest
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players they must improve their focus for tomorrow's visit of Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir.
United lost 2-1 away in Turkey three weeks ago, giving away two shambolic goals, the first of which their former defender Rio Ferdinand branded as “under-10s defending”.
Against that backdrop, and with United needing a win to stay top of their group and maintain their push for a place in the last 16, Solskjaer said their concentration must be better.
“You know when you go away to Turkey, to the Turkish champions, that it's going to be a difficult game,” said Solskjaer.
“We've experienced that at Manchester United a few times before, but the level of concentration needs to be better.
“We know two goals we conceded were from bad breakaways and, in one or two other moments, we caused our own problems with our own organisation when we had the ball.
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“So we need to be more disciplined in our positioning.
"The first goal was the worst goal to concede, second was a counter-attack, so we've looked back at the game how to break them down.”
Solskjaer is hopeful Paul Pogba, who missed Saturday's 1-0 win over West Brom but trained today, will be fit to play.
“We hope he's going to be available, he trained this morning, so we'll see if there's any reaction when we report tomorrow,” said Solskjaer.
“Luke Shaw is out, Phil Jones is out, Jesse Lingard is still self-isolating after being in contact with a positive [Covid-19] case, so there are one or two things we need to look at."
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