Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the Manchester United fans at Bramall Lane

Solskjaer: There's no doubting our drive

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had mixed emotions after Manchester United's 3-3 draw at Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday.

On the one hand, the boss was dismayed by the majority of the match, conceding that the Blades were the better side for the first hour or so, but on the other, he was pleased with the spirit shown by his team as a 2-0 deficit was turned around into a 3-2 lead in the space of seven electrifying minutes.

Here's what Ole had to say in his post-match interview with Sky Sports. Below, you can watch his conversation with MUTV...

THE DIFFERENCE A GOAL MAKES
“Sometimes football goes beyond tactics. It’s about the passion and the drive from the supporters. The energy of their team compared to ours was such a big difference, but then we get our first goal and our energy comes back in and the belief comes back in.”

 

Ole: There was fight in the boysVideo

BELIEF IS BETTER THAN LAST SEASON
“The difference between this year’s team and last year’s team is huge. At 2-0 down, my mind is going back to Everton. Last year we would’ve been three, four, five down. But there’s no doubt about the drive, the energy, the attitude of these boys now. They never give in. This is such a big, big stride forward for them, coming back from 2-0 down to 3-2 up.”

DISAPPOINTING FIRST HOUR
“It’s not something you can put your finger on [why we were below par] here and now, but Sheffield United looked like they wanted it more than us and believed more in what they did than us. Sometimes it’s little margins here and there, but we never had a shot on target, or maybe had one, in the first half but that’s not acceptable and not good enough. But the response after they went 2-0 up was fantastic.”

CATALYST FOR CHANGE
“When you’re 2-0 down, you have got to go for it. Play with less fear, just express yourself and make things happen. The first time Dan got around him [his direct opponent] and put a good cross in… what a finish by Brandon. Then Mason scores, so the average age for the scorers today was less than 20 and that’s something we’re proud of. It’s a great experience for Brandon, Mason and Marcus to come back, because at a stadium like this, it’s never easy.”

OVERALL REFLECTION
“It’s mixed emotions. You can’t be happy because we’ve not performed for the majority of the game, but then the attitude and the way they turned things around, and we’ve shown what we’re capable of and these boys have probably shown themselves what they’re capable of. If we’re right, we can go to places like this and we should win games like this, but we have got to learn from that disappointing first 60 to 70 minutes.”

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