Ole: There is more to come from this team
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt his team deserved more than a point following a strong performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
On Sunday, United and the Blues fought out an intense battle for Premier League points, however, neither side were able to find a crucial winner.
United produced a solid defensive display, with the hosts creating few problems for David De Gea between the sticks. At the other end, Ole's men produced several well-worked attacks, with Fred and Scott McTominay both going close from range.
The 0-0 draw in London made sure our club-record run of away matches undefeated in the league has now reached 20 matches, a streak which includes 13 wins and seven draws.
After a strong defensive display and another point earned on away turf, this is what our boss said afterwards...
“We’re not scoring enough goals, that’s for sure. We came away and it’s another good clean sheet but the next step for this team is to win these games and score a goal. We needed to get three points and, of course, we should have had a penalty, which probably I would back Bruno [Fernandes] every day of the week. We didn’t have the right weight of pass, good quality at the end in the four or five good breakaways we had in the second half."
“We could’ve had a penalty, it’s so clear and nailed on that you can’t even fathom why he never gave it, when he was told to have a look at it. They probably thought his hand was in a very natural position, when he flicked that ball. It’s gone now. We should have had a penalty, that’s clear, and I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after what noises were made a month or two ago about us getting penalties. Clearly, there is a point of managers influencing the referees, which they shouldn’t do.
MORE TO COME
“We had near moments, Mason [Greenwood] and Fred had a few decent attempts but we didn’t have enough and that’s the next step for us. We will improve. Last season, we had some great results in a different manner, at the moment we’re trying to develop this style, develop ourselves to win these games and to have those last bits. Defending, energy, application; everything was really good defensively."
DAN A MAN IN FORM
“He [Daniel James] did really well. His defending, his pressing, his energy. What we asked for, he gave us. They kicked him between pillar and post, so top, top marks for him."
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TIGHT AT THE BACK
“There was one moment in the first half, a cross to [Olivier] Giroud, we are too slow to react and, in the second half, there’s a cross towards the back stick for [Timo] Werner but I thought Victor [Lindelof] had that covered. Apart from that we didn’t give anything away, which is very pleasing."
EXTENDING THE AWAY RUN
“Last time it ended here [in 1999 when the previous record was set], I remember, that was a bad, bad performance. We’re doing well. We’re showing that we do have the attitude, the energy. I thought we grew more into the game and looked really strong towards the end of the game.”
EXTERNAL COMMENTS ABOUT PENALTIES
“That’s just the nature of us as managers, isn’t it? Anything that goes against you, you probably want to highlight if something goes for other teams, like you try to stop that probably but I trust the referees not to be influenced by it. I was very surprised by the decision today when I looked at the video. Live, I didn’t think it was a penalty and I understand why he didn’t give it. When you look at the video, it’s not a very natural position to have your hand in.”
WE ARE GETTING BETTER
“We've got Crystal Palace on Wednesday, so we look forward to that one. I’m pleased with everyone’s energy, attitude, as I've said. We just need a bit of quality. I said before the game, in these so-called big games, we’ve kept some great clean sheets, great defending, energy, attitude. The lads have done absolutely everything right defensively. Attacking-wise we need that little bit of quality but that will come. This team is getting better.”
*Quotes taken from MUTV interview and press conference.