Steve Bruce reacts angrily to question about chat with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Newcastle United press conference

Steve Bruce has revealed why he was smiling with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Newcastle United’s defeat at Old Trafford.

Bruce spoke to Solskjaer, his Manchester United counterpart, after last weekend’s 3-1 loss. The loss left the club three points above the Premier League’s relegation zone ahead of tomorrow night’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Clips of Bruce and Solskjaer heading for the tunnel were circulated on social media by fans – and some supporters criticised Newcastle’s head coach for smiling after the loss.

Asked by a journalist about the reaction of fans on Tyneside, Newcastle’s head coach said: “A lot of fans – or is that you?

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"Listen, I've known Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 20 years. Now, 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, OK. Let it be.”

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Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the final whistle.

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