Ole: 'We controlled the game'
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with how his Manchester United side controlled the game as the Reds won 3-1 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Goals from Romelu Lukaku, either side of half-time, set Solskjaer's side on our way, before the hosts pulled one back through a diving header from Joel Ward. United restored the two-goal cushion when Ashley Young finished from a tight angle which ensured United picked up an eighth consecutive away win in all competitions - a club record.
Speaking after the game to BBC Sport, MUTV and in his post-match press conference, the caretaker manager evaluated the performance along with the goals by Lukaku and Young.
THERE WAS NO COMPLACENCY
"It's a great away win. We controlled it well. That's a few away wins on the bounce. There was no complacency whatsoever. Everyone was really focused before the game. We started the game well. We should have scored early on from a corner-kick, Rom, but then, after 1-0, I thought we controlled the game.
"We defended our box well. Crystal Palace only had one shot on target today, that was the goal, so you’ve got to say our defending is improving all the time.”
"They were very good finishes from Romelu. The first one was with his right foot. The second one, he’s had a lot to do there and a great finish, so I'm very pleased for Romelu. He’s played wide-right, wide-left. He’s worked a lot defensively for us and, this time, he got the no.9 shirt and got some good goals.”
THREAT OUT WIDE
"We want Luke [Shaw] to go forward, that’s the next step for him, to trust himself more going forward, but, then again, it was down to the shape we played with today because Anthony [Martial] wasn’t fit so we played Alexis [Sanchez] in a more central position with Rom and I thought it worked well with Diogo [Dalot] on the right on the other side.
"Diogo has played as a winger in Porto when he was younger and he has got skills going forward, but of course he did help stop [Patrick] van Aanholt and [Wilfried] Zaha - they have a good left-hand side, Palace."
A DEBUT FOR GARNER
"We’ve been waiting for that chance. Of course with Nemanja and Ander injured there’ll be more chances for Jimmy. He is in the mould of a top top central midfielder so he will come good. We will see him again soon. We might even see him on Saturday against Southampton.
"It's Manchester United, we do have a quality squad and quality players and we will continue to bring players through. Every team in the league will have injuries at this time of the season."
"I think he was happy getting that goal. Of course, he’s been doing great as a full-back, but I thought we could shut up shop with Eric [Bailly] at the back and then Ash and Rashy [Marcus Rashford] either side would be counter-attacking threats, so it worked out well.”
COPING WITH ZAHA AND TOWNSEND
"They are good players individually, they try to go inside, they try to take you on one-on-one. How many penalties have they won, those two, with their skills and trickery so the focus in the defending was great. You have to stay on your feet and don't lunge in. We gave them the goal though. We could have cleared that a few times but the response after they scored was fantastic."
EIGHT AWAY WINS ON THE SPIN
"We’ve been great away from home, I have to say. The fans have been fantastic, but the team’s been set up well. They’ve known they have to work hard, we need to defend and counter-attack quickly. We can control the game when we’re winning, so I'm very pleased with our form."
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