The recent protests by Manchester United fans against the club’s owners did affect the players and contributed to a downturn in results, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday.

United, which is second in the Premier League table and hosts relegated Fulham on Tuesday, lost to Leicester City and Liverpool last week after going unbeaten in its previous 14 league games.

The match against Liverpool was originally scheduled for May 2 but was postponed after fans forced their way into Old Trafford and stormed the pitch to protest against the club’s owners – the Glazer family.

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The protest followed United’s decision to join the European Super League (ESL). It was beaten 4-2 by Liverpool in the rescheduled game on Thursday, 48 hours after losing to Leicester.

“I just didn’t want to use that as an excuse because we lost…

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