Ole: We’ll keep working on set-pieces

Monday 23 August 2021 09:00

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that the Reds will continue working on set-pieces following the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

A number of corners and free-kicks looked to create fruitful opportunities for the Reds to turn one point into three at St Mary’s but they ultimately lacked the finishing touch throughout. 

This was apparent particularly in the first half, with the deadlock yet to be broken, as Anthony Martial had a header bundled away from the line after a dangerous Bruno Fernandes free-kick from the right before Paul Pogba twice went close from Luke Shaw’s dead-ball deliveries from the opposite flank. 

In the closing minutes of the opening half, Victor Lindelof then connected with a corner from the left and forced Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy into a low save to keep it out. 

Ole reacts to draw at St Mary's


Read what the manager had to say to club media and reporters after the clash with Saints.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Solskjaer was impressed with the threat created from set-plays by United, but was disappointed that the Reds could not take advantage of it to come away from the south coast with the win.

“Eric Ramsey [coach] has come in and he's working really well with the boys,” the boss said in his post-match press conference.

“I thought we should have and could have had two or three goals from set-plays.

“It's one pleasing, but two disappointing that we couldn’t get the ball over the line. Nemanja [Matic], Paul, Anthony, Victor and H [Harry Maguire] had big chances for a few there.”

Ole says that we will continue working hard on them on the training pitch going forward, as it is clear that it is a tool the Reds will have the opportunity to utilise this season to score goals.

While doing so, the boss also says that United will match that work on the other side of the ball, with defending set-plays, after Southampton went close to winning the contest themselves, following a late corner.

“We'll keep on working and hopefully it'll be efficient in the end, and we'll score goals and stop conceding," he added.

“We had a big chance in the second half where we could have lost the game, so we need to tighten up there as well.”