Ole: We created the better chances

Saturday 26 December 2020 16:21

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was disappointed to only draw with high-flying Leicester City, as Manchester United's winning run on the road came to an end.

His team twice looked set to match Manchester City and Chelsea's top-flight record of 11 consecutive away wins in the league, when Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes put the Reds ahead in each half.

But on both occasions, the Foxes found a way to swiftly equalise and the point they prised from the Boxing Day draw at the King Power Stadium keeps them ahead of United in the table, albeit after playing one more game.

Here are Ole's key comments to MUTV and BT Sport following the 2-2 draw, including his thoughts on the Jamie Vardy strike that was later attributed as an Axel Tuanzebe own goal...
Ole reveals players' reaction in Leicester Video

Ole reveals players' reaction in Leicester

The manager explains the mood in the dressing room after an entertaining draw with Leicester...


"Disappointed. But then again, you can never switch off. They've got good players and it was a quality goal at the end there, from Vardy - good movement and a proper striker's goal. But we thought we maybe deserved the win because we'd created the bigger chances. One point is not the worst result but we're disappointed that we didn't get away with three here because it was a very good side we were playing against."


"I think the feeling in the dressing room was... I was happy seeing them being so flat, [they were] that disappointed. Coming here, it could be a good point but then again we have higher ambitions and standards that we want to live up to. They want to win every game, I want to win every game but the reality is you can't."


"It was a very good goal that he scored, and of course he knows his first chance was a glorious one, it's a big one. It's as if he'd finished his header before the ball came because it hit the top of his head. It was just one of those things."

"Especially away from home but we've scored too early probably... we need them to score the first one to turn it around! No, it was a very good game of football, I have to say."


"It was a great pass [by Edinson], with great timing, and a fantastic run and finish from Bruno so I'm pleased with that one of course. We had a similar type of chance just before that, Anthony's chance, but you can't celebrate. You just don't know if it's offside or a goal."


"If you can build on a lead, of course you can get control. In the first half we never got control of the game. In the second half, I felt more in control but then again, you know that quality moments from quality players [like Vardy] can hurt anyone."

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"Both goals should have been closed down quicker. The first one definitely and the second one down the side there, we should have managed to stop the cross. You always look at goals conceded and feel we could have, should have done better."


"It was his back again, I think, so we'll just have to assess that one before Wolverhampton. Then again, Eric is fit now, Axel's fit, so we might have to look at that one for Wolverhampton again. We've got maybe 34 more hours than Wolverhampton to prepare for this game so hopefully the boys will use them wisely."