Date published: Friday 6th November 2020 10:06
Istanbul Basaksehir defender Martin Skrtel has declared that quotes in which he supposedly taunted Manchester United over Wednesday’s defeat are “fake”.
Former Liverpool defender Skrtel played a key role in helping the Turkish side claim a vital Champions League win.
For United, though, the loss ramped up the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who United have begun to consider replacing.
After the game, quotes circulated on social media claiming that Skrtel made a mockery of his side’s win.
Indeed, Skrtel was reported to have said: “It’s our first win in the Champions League ever, we wish we could play Manchester United every week.”
However, the 35-year-old took to his own social outlets to insist that he did not make the comments.
Skrtel wrote on Instagram: “Just to make it clear! This sentence which is going around social networks, it’s something I never said!
“Had not (done) interviews after the game and all kind of news like this are fake!
“I do respect every opponent and I’m experienced enough to know that something like this is not right and I would never do it!”
Pressure mounts on Man Utd
While the comment was fake, there is no doubting the size of the victory for Skrtel’s side in their short history.
Indeed, Basaksehir are making their Champions League debut this season and only came into existence in 1990.
What’s more, while they were full value for the win against a lacklustre United side, the Red Devils now face a make-or-break clash with Everton on Saturday.
Both teams head into the game after a run of two defeats, with United facing more pressure. Old Trafford chiefs have reportedly sounded out Mauricio Pochettino as a potential successor to Solskjaer.
However those same officials intend to back Solskjaer and hope he turns the club’s recent form around.
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