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Solskjaer says Guy United ‘set as much as fail’ after essential win at Everton | Game

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launched a tirade against the Premier League’s
fixture schedule after his side’s vital win against Everton on Saturday
as Chelsea pummelled Sheffield United 4-1 to climb to third.

The
United boss was under intense pressure before the match at Goodison Park
after defeat to Arsenal and an embarrassing loss to Istanbul Basaksehir
in the Champions League.

But man-of-the-match Bruno Fernandes
scored twice and new signing Edinson Cavani opened his account as United
won 3-1, giving Solskjaer some much-needed breathing space before the
international break.

Crystal Palace beat Leeds 4-1 to make it
three defeats in four for Marcelo Bielsa’s men before Frank Lampard’s
Chelsea came from behind thump Sheffield United by the same scoreline.

United pressure

United
started the match a lowly 15th in the table but showed grit and style
as they recovered from going behind to a Bernard goal in the 19th
minute.

Fernandes was the standout player for the 20-times
champions, thriving in a creative midfield role in the absence of the
benched Paul Pogba.

The Portuguese powered a header from a Luke
Shaw cross past a flailing Jordan Pickford and scored again when an
intended cross for Marcus Rashford was missed by the England
international and the ball crept in off the far post.

Former Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani made the points safe with a goal deep into stoppage time.

A
visibly angry Solskjaer praised his players but fired a broadside at
league bosses for scheduling United’s match early on Saturday after
their midweek Champions League commitments.

“We were set up to fail,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.

“The
kick-off time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads
of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are
playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.

“These boys
deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It’s a
hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be
struggling.”

The victory at the home of Carlo Ancelotti’s early-season pacesetters was United’s seventh straight Premier League away win.

Their
form on the road contrasts sharply with their struggles at Old
Trafford, where they have not won a single league game so far this
season.

Everton, who topped the Premier League table earlier this season, have now suffered three consecutive league defeats.

“I
hope that after the international break we will back in a different
shape,” said manager Carlo Ancelotti. “It is not only a problem of the
defenders, it is all of the team.”

Chelsea romp

Chelsea
are beginning to pick up the pace after their expensive summer rebuild
and are now just one point behind Southampton and Liverpool, who play
Manchester City on Sunday.

Lampard’s side, now unbeaten in six
Premier League matches, went behind early at Stamford Bridge when David
McGoldrick’s neat flick put Sheffield United in front.

But they
hit back quickly, with England forward Tammy Abraham slotting home from
Matteo Kovacic’s cutback and Ben Chilwell put Chelsea into a 2-1 lead
just past the half-hour.

Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva bagged his
first Chelsea goal to put the Blues 3-1 up before Timo Werner blasted
past Aaron Ramsdale to put the home side in total control.

Leeds’
fine start to their first top-flight season after a 16-year absence is
fading fast as they conceded four for the second time in a week at
Crystal Palace.

Goals from Scott Dann and Eberechi Eze gave Palace
a 2-0 lead before Patrick Bamford pulled one back. But an own goal from
Leeds winger Helder Costa restored the home side’s two-goal cushion and
Jordan Ayew completed the rout in the second half.

Speaking about
his side’s defensive issues, Bielsa added: “How could it not worry me?
It’s not a question of training more, and – apart from that – the
international break doesn’t help us to train on this as most players
will be away.”

West Ham host struggling Fulham in the late evening kick-off.

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