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Solskjaer speaks out on Man United celebrations amid Premier League clampdown

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured the Premier League Manchester United players will follow coronavirus guidelines amid calls for socially distanced celebrations.

Paul Pogba scored a 71st minute winner to send United top at Burnley on Tuesday night and the midfielder hugged a number of teammates during the celebrations.

Premier League referees have been told to specify to club captains and managers what is expected of them prior to matches and players have been instructed not to hug each other.

The Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wrote to clubs reiterating ‘handshakes, high fives and hugs must be avoided’ following ‘concerning scenes’ in some of the weekend’s FA Cup third round ties.

Solskjaer says United ‘will do their best’ to follow the guidelines but insists it is difficult to enforce due to the natural reaction of footballers to embrace after scoring.

“It’s an emotional game, football, but we have to understand the players when they celebrate, ” Solskjaer said. “But we also understand the concern nowadays for a bit of less emotion and less hugging.

“But it’s difficult, I have to say. Football brings out the best and the worst in you. When you score you want to celebrate with your teammates. We’ll do our best to keep with the guidelines because we all want football to carry on safely.

“Mentally, for people it’s a relief but we understand the situation the country is in.”

United travel to Liverpool on Sunday in one of the most emotionally-charged rivalries in world football, with United three points clear at the Premier League summit.

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