Ole eyes long Europa run

Thursday 25 February 2021 23:50

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his side are driven on by the semi-finals defeats of last season and this season, as the Reds edged a step further in the Europa League after defeating Real Sociedad over two legs.

The visitors missed a penalty in the first half before captain-for-the-night Bruno Fernandes stuck the bar. After the break substitute Axel Tuanzebe appeared to have headed home what might have been a matchwinner, but it was ruled out after the referee consulted the pitchside monitor and deemed that Victor Lindelof had committed a foul as Axel made contact with the ball.

Here's what Solskjaer had to say in his post-match interviews with MUTV and BT Sport...

Ole's post-match thoughts Video

Ole's post-match thoughts

The boss spoke about a potential new role for Axel Tuanzebe after the 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad...

“We wanted to score goals. Our goal can be discussed. It’s a foul against Victor [Lindelof] but I don’t know if it’s actually influenced the actual goal. I don’t know about the ins and outs of that one. We’re through and that’s it. It’s a good workout for a few of course, so we should be pleased because they’re a good team, a very good team and I think we saw that tonight. Normally when you’re 4-0 up it’s hard to get going really. It looked it. We needed that wake-up call of their penalty, but after that I felt we took over the first half. The second half was more slower.”

“Shola he’s got some skills, attributes that we think are going to make a very good player here and it’s a platform of course tonight – just 15 minutes – it’s something to build on, something for him to remember at Old Trafford. But then again with the fans, he would have enjoyed it more because they give you so much more energy than football at the moment. It is strange, it is different but I’m sure all the fans will see him later on.”

“Fred came off, he had a booking so I didn’t want to take a chance with him. It’s about getting through the round. 4-0 away from home and we kept another clean sheet. Well done!”

“It’s one of those positions now we suddenly have Scott, Donny and Paul out. We’ve been really well off before and now we might have to look at options because I’m not sure if any will be available [for Chelsea]. Paul’s definitely not I don’t know about Donny or Scott.”

“He had a tweak. With the intensity he works at he felt something, so we hope it’s not really serious. It gave Amad a chance to have half an hour-ish.”

“You remember the defeats more so than the wins and especially semi-finals. You’re so close to the final and the big stage and we’ve had three of them, we’ve already had one of them this season so this group feels hurt of course and want to go further.”

“We are a group that’s very tied together, you have to be at the moment because there’s not a lot else you’re doing and that’s the interaction you have with people. You come in and you work every day. We want to go further and we failed, not failed, you’ve failed in three semi-finals, you want to do better and improve and the culture is really improving. Of course at the moment it’s a little bit different because the coaches are away, but we’ve got some fantastic experience, some good coaches with us. It’s exciting, it’s a group of players that will only improve because we’re still a young team.”

“Now until the international break we’ve got seven or eight games and of course you have Chelsea, you have Leicester, you have City, massive games... West Ham too. There are important games in the league, you’ve got Palace away, then who knows who we’ll draw. So there’s three or four weeks now until the international break that are going to be massive for us. We’re in a good place, confidence is good, hopefully we get a few players back in and Dan tonight wasn’t hopefully too bad.”