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Red Seat issue

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the press ahead of Manchester United Europa League Quarter Final second leg with Granada and has made an extraordinary claim about United’s home form.

He has suggested that their performances may be down to the fact that they play their home games in front of red empty seats at Old Trafford.

United’s away form has been far superior this season and when asked about it Solskjaer suggested that it could be down to his side playing in red shirts against red empty seats.

“We’ve looked into this…” 🧐#MUFC manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says red banners at Old Trafford have hindered their home form this season with the club now changing them to black banners…👀 pic.twitter.com/kibmgYqgJQ

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 14, 2021

Solskjaer said, “You’ll see a change now, if you see the banners around the club, it’s not red anymore.” 

“We’ve looked into this, there shouldn’t be a reason, really. But some of the players have mentioned that split second decision you have to make where you look over your shoulder to see if your teammate is there or not and the red shirt is on a red background with red seats.”

“So we’ve tried to change that along with the anti-racism campaign, that was important that it wasn’t red anymore.” 

“We’ve looked into this, there shouldn’t be a reason, really. But some of the players have mentioned that split second decision you have to make where you look over your shoulder to see if your teammate is there or not and the red shirt is on a red background with red seats.”

History Repeating

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says red seats at Old Trafford affect his team in a repeat of an old Manchester United excuse

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Gary Neville ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Fulham FC at London Stadium on February 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The blame of not being able to see each other has been used before by United. Way back in 1996 United infamously changed their grey kit at half time in a defeat away to Southampton.

Gary Neville, who was involved that day, has commented on social media on OGS’s comments.

 

This is Ole’s Grey Shirt moment 😂 https://t.co/vl0SGlZuon

— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 14, 2021

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