Solskjaer gives verdict on Arsenal draw

Saturday 30 January 2021 16:17

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with how his team performed against Arsenal, but was left frustrated by the 0-0 scoreline.

The Reds created the better chances in the match but were unable to find a breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium, where they achieved a club record 18th league match unbeaten away from home.

Meanwhile Scott McTominay was substituted towards the end of the first half after struggling with stomach cramps.

Here's what Ole had to say when he spoke to MUTV, Sky Sports and during his press conference after the match...

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“I was impressed with the performance. I thought we approached the game in the right manner, came here [and] dominated the first half, had the majority of the possession, some big chances – in the second half, especially. Marcus had one in the first half as well, and we just lacked that little bit of clinical finishing.

“We’ll get them going again definitely. I felt in control; of course they have a free-kick that hits the crossbar but apart from that you feel in control. They had another shot that David saved that’s never going to bother him anyway, but we created chances and crosses as we said [we would] before the game. I thought they followed the plan and [there was] good quality by Aaron down the side, Luke down the side – unfortunately we just couldn’t score the goal.”


“We’ve been consistent. We’re travelling, we’re staying together, they prepare well, the mood in the camp is good, in the hotel we’re ready for the games and 18 games? That’s an achievement in itself, so hopefully we can make it a longer one.”


“I felt that we controlled the game and of course a free-kick that hits the crossbar can always go in, but apart from that I didn’t think they bothered us too much. We were a little bit passive outside the box – they had a few too many shots. But David wouldn’t be bothered by too many of them.”


“Definitely Wednesday night was a disappointing one, but today you come away with a good performance. I felt they did what they should do; sometimes you can’t control if you take the chances or not. Of course they had a free-kick that hit the bar so you can go either way, it swings quickly in this game.”

“We created enough chances to score, but we’ll work on them; we’ll get them going again. We can look at this as one step forward after Wednesday night, because that was a disappointing game this week. Now we go again on Tuesday.”

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“Yeah, [it's his] stomach. Maybe the food in the hotel or whatever it was. He struggled so we had to take him off.”


“Brandon [Williams] will stay. He played Under-23s against Liverpool today, he needed match fitness. I don’t have any other players that we think will be going. It’s a relentless season and we go again on Tuesday.”