Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn into commenting on his side’s involvement in a proposed European Super League after the Red Devils produced a late flurry to down Burnley on Sunday afternoon. A brace from Mason Greenwood and a last-gasp insurance goal courtesy of Edinson Cavani secured all three points for the hosts, who reduced the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City to eight points with the result.
Greenwood opened the scoring moments into the second half, before James Tarkowski drew Burnley back on level terms with a headed finish past Dean Henderson between the sticks.
United huffed and puffed for a winner, which arrived with six minutes remaining through Greenwood who fired home a deflected finish.
Cavani then put the icing on the cake deep into stoppage time, tapping in from close range.
However, the match was largely overshadowed by emerging suggestions that six Premier League clubs, including United, Liverpool and Arsenal, are actively pursuing the formation of a European Super League.
The proposal has garnered considerable criticism from pundits and supporters alike, with former Red Devils defender Gary Neville issuing a scathing verdict on his side’s reported involvement after the full-time whistle at Old Trafford.
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Solskjaer was asked for his thoughts but did not give a great deal away, with the Norwegian boss claiming that he was unaware of the situation until reports initially surfaced earlier on Sunday.
“I’ve seen this morning, like you, the news and the speculation so I can’t really say too much,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the match. “My focus has just been on this game and I got the news today as well.
“I haven’t looked into it, I’ve just been focusing on this game. I just need to sit down and see what it is and the club will probably comment on it later.”
When pressed to provide further detail, the United boss added: “As I said, I’ve not seen any. I don’t really know all the ins and outs, so I need to find out, then the clubs can issue comment.”
Although United appear to be under considerable scrutiny off the pitch in light of Saturday’s events, they were effective on it despite leaving it late to claim a hard-fought win over Burnley.
Greenwood’s brace capped off a strong individual performance in attack, and Solskjaer hailed the teenager’s impact while suggesting that he could settle into the right-wing berth on a long-term basis.
“[Greenwood was] fantastic, two very good goals coming in off the left at the moment,” added Solskjaer.
“I feel his best position is to be more free on the right, face the goal and he showed that today.”
Dissecting United’s performance on the whole, the 48-year-old admitted that Burnley’s solidity hindered the efforts of the hosts, suggesting that improvement will be needed in order to stand any chance of achieving their primary aim of Europa League success this season.
“First half we started OK, got control but we couldn’t find the big openings and Burnley made it more of an end-to-end game, bit scrappy because they defended and attacked so well we couldn’t get a rhythm,” said Solskjaer.
“We played and ran in the second half, got chances and got the goal deservedly, you switched off for two seconds for the corner and that’s how it is against Burnley.
“We’ve always said this year has to be progress and improvement, we’ve got as many points as last season and then if we get some more we’ve got more than last season, that’s progress.
“We want to finish with a trophy in the Europa League, we’ve got loads of games and loads to focus on.”