Solskjaer thrilled with second-half display
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked up his tenth win in eleven games as Manchester United's caretaker manager, as the Reds swept aside Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
The Norwegian was naturally delighted with his team's performance, particularly in the second half. He also name-checked a number of individuals, including goalscorers Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, midfielder Ander Herrera and the returning centre-back Chris Smalling.
Scroll down to read what Solskjaer had to say to MUTV, Sky Sports and reporters in his press conference.
IT WAS A FANTASTIC SECOND-HALF PERFORMANCE
“In the first 10 minutes we were poor, we did not play the way we should have done. Yes, of course the conditions were difficult, with the wind, but we made it more difficult by playing into their hands with the press and we gave them some counter attacks. After 2-0 I felt in control and in the second half I thought we played really, really well compared to the Leicester game last week. I thought Ander and Nemanja controlled the midfield, we let Paul float around and it was a fantastic performance in the second half.”
POGBA IS ENJOYING HIMSELF
“He [Paul] is doing well, he is enjoying himself, he is playing well. His energy is high so that was one of the questions I asked myself - should I play him or should I not, because there is a big game coming up on Tuesday? But I think the intention shows when you play Paul, and everyone knew that we needed to take this game seriously.”
MARTIAL IN FREE FLOW IS A GREAT SIGHT
“I didn’t think about [the comparable Ronaldo goal in 2007] but Anthony in free flow is a great sight. His balance is fantastic, he is very strong, he shrugs defenders off and he is quick. He is a very, very good finisher and I think that goal won us the game. I think we were in complete control after that.”
SMALLING WAS FANTASTIC
“They [Jones and Smalling] did well, the two of them. We must remember Chris hasn’t played for over two months and it was an absolutely fantastic performance from him. He has worked hard to get back, he has been on his own, up and down that touchline running with the physios. I was never in doubt he was going to play today because this was the game that I had earmarked for him.”
WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON OURSELVES
“I’m not concerned about anyone else, the other teams, but yes I could have imagined taking as many points as we have. To go on that pitch and wear that shirt, with the quality they have got, the players must be confident we can win a football game.”
PRAISE FOR THE FANS
“The fans are like that always, they are fantastic. We knew coming here we always have the fans behind that goal and it is just a shame we couldn’t play [for them in the first half] like we did in the second half.”
“I am always looking further ahead. I have followed United since I signed for United and I look at the squad, the players who can produce and perform now, those who can do it in a year, who can do it in two. Here we have got players who can perform for five, six, seven, eight and nine years because it is such a young and exciting squad so let’s see where we can end up.”
INTO THE TOP FOUR
“At the moment I am just concentrating on getting us up the table. Now we are fourth and let's hope we can stay there for a long time. Not for too long as we want to get higher up of course but now we have taken that step into the top four. The next league game is Liverpool, which is fantastic to look forward to and of course we have a couple of nice games between that [Paris saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup]. We have to do everything ourselves, we can’t rely on anyone’s help, so we will just carry on the way we do.”
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