Solskjaer responds to coronavirus threat: ‘Football without fans is nothing’

Date published: Wednesday 11th March 2020 6:41

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his side will “create their own atmosphere” ahead of their behind closed doors fixtures in the Europa League against LASK on Thursday.

The Norwegian also backed “the experts” to decide what is best going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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But Solskjaer claims his players are fully focussed on the “strange” job in hand.

He said: “The players are focused on concentrating on the job, these are difficult circumstances for all of society. For us we just have to do what we are told and get on with the game.

“We will have to create our own atmosphere within the game. They are used to training with no spectators, we play quite a lot of behind closed door friendlies, and I have no doubt my players are ready to perform even if there are no spectators there.

“Of course it will be strange. This it makes for a stranger atmosphere, we are just going to make the most of it.”



The former United striker also claims football “without fans is nothing”, and that they should be considered above all.

He added: “I would understand, yes. It is up to the experts to decide, and the main concern must be the health of the general public.

“We don’t know what is going to happen, we just have to get on with it. I think football is about fans, without fans it is nothing. It should always be for them. A difficult situation but the boys are very good at focusing on the job in hand.”


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