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Steve Bruce gives terse response when quizzed on post-match smile with Solskjaer


Newcastle boss Steve Bruce didn’t take kindly to a question about his post-match chuckles with Manchester United opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After the Magpies fell to a 3-1 loss at Old Trafford last Sunday, Bruce drew heavy criticism for appearing to smile and joke with Solskjaer.

The defeat was Newcastle’s third in four Premier League games and left them lingering just three points clear of the relegation zone.

As such, the sight of their manager making small talk with Solskjaer is unlikely to have sat well with Newcastle fans. One reporter put this to Bruce during a press conference on Friday – and received a terse response.



Bruce spent time after the full-time whistle chatting with Solskjaer
Bruce spent time after the full-time whistle chatting with Solskjaer

Responding to claims many fans were disgruntled by his actions, Bruce said: “A lot of fans, or is that you? Listen, I’ve know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 20 years. If I’m caught smiling with him…

“He was complimenting us on how well we played. So if that’s a bad thing that I’ve smiled with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then unfortunately okay.”

As he previewed Newcastle’s clash with Wolves on Saturday night, Bruce also claimed there are a great many teams embroiled in the relegation battle.



Bruce had a terse response as he was quizzed on his interaction with the United boss
Bruce had a terse response as he was quizzed on his interaction with the United boss

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He added: “It’s all to play for. It’s not just Fulham – there’s probably six or seven teams who are looking nervously over their shoulder.

“We’re one of them, we understand that, but there is still a long, long way to go. You have to play everybody twice and it’s your accumulation of points over the season which is the key to it and getting to that magical figure.

“Whatever it is, you want to try and get to it as quickly as you can. When you’re up against it you need to have a bit of luck on your side.

“We have to stay clear of injuries which has been a problem, Covid as well, so we’re now hoping we can have a clear run and players will roll their sleeves up and be prepared to do their utmost to stay in the division.”

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