Solskjaer: Topping the group was vital
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Manchester United's second-half showing in the 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar, reserving special praise for two-goal hero Mason Greenwood.
Solskjaer also welcomed the opportunity afforded by the UEFA Europa League to grant young players with vital match experience at a high competitive level.
“Just to be more us, be more Man United. I know it's difficult for players when we put out a team that hasn't played together, but in the second half we found the rhythm and more passes forward, runs forward. [We were more] decisive with more pressing, and we got some great goals out of it.”
“He's different class as a finisher. I have to say, whenever he is in and around the box, you expect him to get a shot off and on target, because he's so precise in his finishing. He's good at the way he creates space for himself, either right foot or left foot, it doesn't matter. So, I'm very pleased with his performance.
“It was vital for us. You can have the second game [of the next round] at home, you play a team that's lower-seeded, but the most important thing was that we got game minutes from many players, some youngsters, [which is] great experience for some of these.
Ole's post-match interviewVideo
“A week is very long in football, of course. A lot of things can change in a week, but for us we just want games coming and the boys are in good shape. It's a good group. Today we made nine changes, we could have made a couple more, but I'm looking forward to seeing how this December goes, because they're growing into a good group.”