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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated the reasons for the recent poor run in the Premier League as he prepares his team for the visit of already-relegated Fulham later this week. Solskjaer discussed the Red Devils’ poor form in his pre-match press conference on Monday. ahead of the Fulham game.

The former Manchester United striker blamed the congested fixture list and the recent protest from fans as the reasons behind the poor form. The Red Devils have lost three of their last four games in all competitions including the last two games in the Premier League.

The poor run started with the 3-2 defeat at the hands of hosts AS Roma in the second leg of their Europa League last four tie. Manchester United qualified for the final of the competition in Gdansk, Poland on May 26 despite the defeat due to the four-goal lead from the first leg. Manchester United came from a 2-1 deficit at the half-time break to score five goals in the second half and win the game 6-2. In the second leg, Roma came from behind to beat their opponents 3-2 thus giving the English club an aggregate win of 8-5 over the two legs. Manchester United will face Villarreal from the Spanish La Liga in the final after they saw off English team Arsenal in their semi-final tie.

The Roma defeat was followed by the 3-1 away win over Aston Villa in the league before two successive defeats to Champions League chasers Leicester City and Liverpool at home in the league. They were beaten 2-1 by the Foxes before arch rivals Liverpool edged a six-goal thriller 4-2 away from home at the expense of the Old Trafford club to boost their quest to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.

Manchester United have had a fixture congestion over the past week as they had to play three games in the Premier League between Sunday and Thursday. Also, thousands of Manchester United fans have been involved in protests against the owners and their vision for the club. One of the protests forced the postponement of theleague game with Liverpool. The match has since been played on Thursday.

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