Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United deserved nothing against Wolves, labelling their performance the worst of his reign and a ‘big step backwards’.
United’s interim boss praised Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after their 2-1 win which sent the Red Devils out of the FA Cup however.
“We got what we deserved because we didn’t deserve anything,” said Solskjaer.
“But it’s against a good team, they have done well against all the top teams this season so don’t take anything away from their performance, even though we under-performed.
“You cannot perform to your top levels every single time, but this is the poorest we have played.
“It was a big step backwards. There was a lack of urgency going forwards and a lack of forward passing and a lack of regains.”
United failed to seriously trouble the Wolves goal apart from Marcus Rashford’s consolation at the death, which flattered them.
“We were never had the urgency and quality on the ball, even though I thought without the ball in the first half we did OK,” he admitted.
“But the tempo on the ball was not high enough so we played it into their hands really.
“I think we felt too comfortable in possession and we never put their keeper under pressure or their defenders under pressure.
“At times we put some in behind for Rashie (Marcus Rashford) but there wasn’t enough quality.”
Solskjaer was upbeat about the future, with a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona on the horizon.
“We’re in a great position in the league, we’ve got the Champions League. But it’s very disappointing that we’re not in the semis,” he said.
“But you can’t sulk for too long. Everyone’s disappointed but we’ve got to look forward and look behind the result.
“We’re ready to go again after the internationals. We’ve got so much to play for. Man United in April and May always find their form, we can’t wait for the challenge on April 3 and then when Barcelona come.
“We’ve got so many highlights to look forward to. So don’t worry about the players’ attitude, because when they come back again, we will give it a good go.”