Ole: The boys have belief to turn things around
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thrilled with Manchester United’s fighting spirit and determination as we came from behind to beat West Ham United on Saturday evening.
The points were ensured by three incredible goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in the second period, after Tomas Soucek put the hosts ahead in the first half.
Ole gave his reaction to those goals, revealed what was said at half-time, provided an injury update on Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani, and much more, when speaking to MUTV and Sky Sports after the win over the Hammers…
Ole: We had to stay composedVideo
“It is up and down and of course first half we struggled to keep up with their counterattacks and set-plays. I thought when we had the ball, we played with too slow a tempo, so we gave the ball away too often. Of course, we had most of the ball, but they counterattacked and looked dangerous. Poor first half, but the second half, the goal changes the mood.“
“You’ve got to keep composed and put a few things right that were wrong in the first half. We tweaked a little bit of the tactics: the formation and the balance of the team. But the biggest thing was to clear everyone’s heads, because it seemed after they scored that we never got into our rhythm and we got stressed. So it was just to calm everyone down and stick to our brief in ourselves.”
“It’s not easy leaving these players out, that’s the thing. But you have to try and manage the whole season and the playing time. And injuries and fatigue, and all the little things that you’ve got. It’s a great position to be in. At half-time, you know you can do things that change things in games. It certainly helped with the changes, even though there were slight injuries that made us have to do them.”
“We lost him [Martial] and Edinson - hopefully not too bad, but they couldn’t carry on and there’s a game already on Tuesday. That’s going to be the season this year. It’s going to be a season where we have to do without players. I’m just glad that we’ve got the subs that we have. They’re not bad ones [the injuries], hopefully. We’ll do some scans and hopefully they’ll be available soon.”
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“Individual quality and that’s when you’ve got good players. You know that at any moment they can produce and all three goals were exceptional for me. The first one, Paul; head over the ball, knee over the ball and the top corner. Mason, that is a class finish and Juan’s pass for Marcus’s run, and that great little chip. He had to score that one because he could have passed. If you take that one yourself, you have to score.”
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“The boys now have the belief and the confidence that we can turn things around. You don’t panic. Yeah, we were under pressure before half-time, and half-time came at a good time for us. We had to clear our heads and go again. We’ve done it too often now to be a coincidence, those comebacks. It’s in these boys and in this badge. Of course you are very happy with the away form and how we’re performing. I think at home we’ve performed more consistent and winning games there as well. So now we’ve taken a step up the table and I think we’re coping better with games like this where you’re 1-0 down, 2-0 down. The character in the boys, they still believe. That’s a big thing, that belief. They’ve got that belief from the performances and the results they’ve had lately.”