'We were set up to fail': angry Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left uncharacteristically furious by the "joke" scheduling which he felt had set up his side to fail before they emerged with a big 3-1 win at Everton in the Premier League.

Two goals from Bruno Fernandes and a first United goal for Edinson Cavani did the job for United after Bernard had given Everton an early lead.

With just seven points from six matches and coming off a midweek Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, Solskjaer's future was under scrutiny.

Yet victory pulled them up to 13th, seven points above the bottom three.

While praising the quality of his men's performance, Solskjaer was livid about the task they had been presented with.

"We were set up to fail," Solskjaer said. "The kickoff 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.

"How can you expect players to perform to the best of their ability when you send them out at 1230? Absolute joke.

"A month ago we tried to move this game. What sense is there for us to play on a Saturday when we could play on the Sunday and there is an international break afterwards?

"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."

Solskjaer said United should at least have been given an extra day to recover from their Champions League trip.

"The authorities set us up for fail, who is responsible?" he asked.

"We've had enough of that. Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it's draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there's an international break after this. It's a joke.

"But the players were brilliant. Cavani is getting better and better."

Everton took the lead through Bernard after just four minutes but two goals from Fernandes, in the 25th and 32nd minute, put United ahead before halftime.

Cavani then got his name on the scoresheet for the first time in a United shirt, leaving Everton, who had led the table after four games, fifth.

"The problem was that after we scored we were not able to defend well, and they took advantage," Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

"I hope that after the international break we will back in a different shape. It is not only a problem of the defenders, it is all of the team."