Ole: Patience paid off
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to Manchester United's
“hard work and patience” as second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford clinched a 2-0 victory away to Newcastle.
The Reds were kept at bay until Lukaku made an instant impact by scoring 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute, before Rashford found the net to confirm a fourth successive success under Solskjaer.
Find out what the Norwegian had to say to MUTV, Sky Sports and other reporters after the game...
AN EFFICIENT DISPLAY
“The performance was really professional. We were very solid to come here against a club like this, with the fans they've got, and I thought it was excellent, how the boys dealt with it — especially in the second half. In the first half, we kept them at bay for about 15 minutes but then made some mistakes and the crowd got going again. It's always harder for you then. We never hit the heights that we can do, but still, I felt we were in control, kept plugging away.”
“We've had a clean sheet in every single game, apart from set-pieces! When you keep a clean sheet you've always got a chance to win a game because we've got quality going forward. To keep one of them is a bonus and it's great.”
PRAISE FOR THE FORWARDS
“I felt it was time to bring Romelu and Alexis on. It was a great hit by Marcus. Rom did his job as a striker to be following in on the rebound. If you do that, you’ll get five or six goals [that way] every season. When you see big Rom running towards you as a goalkeeper, I think you're going to move your hands away!”
GREAT ATTACKING OPTIONS
“You can play with two of them [Rashford and Lukaku], no problem. One can play on the right, or two through the middle. It gives me options.”
“The team talk was about game management, especially keeping the crowd quiet. In the first 10-12 minutes we did that really well and kept them at bay but then we made one or two mistakes and the crowd got going. Suddenly, you’re under pressure and [Christian] Atsu got away down the left a couple of times. Phil [Jones] made a great block and tackle but, again, those were the moments you don’t want to have in front of a crowd at a club like this. But I thought the lads really got into the game again and the fans again were fantastic, as I said before.”
“Yeah, of course. It's a squad game, it's a team game and we know everyone's going to play a part. Every single player here is going to have a say in us moving up the table and getting the results and performances that we need. Today, I thought the ones who started did really well. We were solid and then the strikers made the difference.These games, when you go to these places, when you're getting a bit tired — that's when your character comes out. That's when your personality and your hunger to win games comes out. Everyone wants to win but you see these players, the character... they needed to win this game.”
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“It's a long season. As long as you take one game at a time and chalk off those points, you never know where you'll end up.”
MATCHING A RECORD
“It [winning his opening four games like Sir Matt Busby] will be in the books but it’s nothing I’m thinking about. I’m thinking about the next game. If we win four, we can win another four. At this club, that’s the challenge and that’s the standard we’re known for. It’s about meeting challenges and when we’ve won four, we can go on to the next four and think about them.”
FOCUS ON FITNESS
“We've got the FA Cup on Saturday morning, 12:30 kick-off. But then we'll go to Dubai and work on a bit of fitness. Of course, it's a good time now. You need that fitness work because towards the end of March and April we'll need legs and I think we've got them.”
FEELING THE LOVE
“I’ve had that [fan support] ever since my first second at this club. I scored after six minutes and, since then, they’ve been shouting my name. It’s one of those things. You never ever forget it and it’s so humbling but it’s a fantastic experience of course, to be here and hear those songs. It’s important you celebrate these wins along the way. You’ve got to enjoy the journey, not just the end product. Every time you win a game, it’s time to celebrate and to pat yourself on the back. Tomorrow morning, you get up and out of bed ready for the next game. I've been here after the 5-0 defeat (in 1996) and luckily today they can go home happily. It was fantastic.”