Ole Gunnar Solskjaer avoids debate on Manchester City having European ban lifted

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager Manchester United Credit: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered clear of the debate about Financial Fair Play and the lifting of Manchester City's European ban as the Manchester United manager focuses on his side's Champions League charge.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday that City had won the appeal against their two-year exclusion from European competition, which had been imposed by UEFA for alleged FFP breaches.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho - rarely one to sit on the fence - branded the CAS decision "a disgrace" and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Monday was not "a good day for football".

The ruling could have an immediate impact on United as their current position of fifth is no longer be enough for Champions League qualification, but Solskjaer would not be drawn into the debate.


"Well, I think other people can debate that and they want to debate that," the United boss said. "I don't think that's my job.

My job is to make sure that we focus on the next game and that we just do the right things.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager Manchester United

"My job is to make sure that we focus on the next game and that we just do the right things.

"But with Financial Fair Play, it was brought in to keep football and football clubs financially sustainable and I think that's important and they also give us rules to adhere to.

"That's what we're focusing on and let other people discuss what's right and wrong and what's happened."


Solskjaer does not have any time for distractions given a challenging period was made even harder by Michael Obafemi's stoppage-time equaliser for Southampton on Monday.

The 2-2 draw meant United missed the chance to jump up to third, but they are assured of a top-four finish if they win their remaining games against Crystal Palace, West Ham and fellow Champions League hopefuls Leicester.

"Keep on doing what we have been doing, trust yourselves," Solskjaer said of his message to the players ahead of Thursday's trip to Selhurst Park.

"You're at a club where it always boils down to the last couple of weeks, or two or three games, in the season anyway.

"We've done fantastic since we restarted. We started with the draw against Tottenham, of course, we then had a great run. That little bit of a setback is a test for mentalities."


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