Solskjaer thrilled with Reds’ response at Villa
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to see Manchester United once again come from behind to take all three points on the road.
The boss also gave his thoughts on the match’s key moments, looked ahead to Leicester and shared his opinion on the Premier League standings.
Below is what he had to say at Villa Park, when speaking to MUTV, Sky Sports and in his post-match press conference.
“Yeah, sometimes, you know, you want to up the tempo a bit. I was confident. I was very confident. I felt we played okay in the first half, we created chances but didn’t take them. They didn’t have too much, Dean [Henderson] didn’t have too much to do but it was a very good goal. You can’t stop those quality moments. It was just about confidence, believing in what we are doing and they showed that in abundance.”
“Delighted, it's always going to be difficult after you’ve been in Europe, in Rome. We didn’t come back until half past four/five o’clock in the morning [on] Friday. I can’t blame them, the advantage of being fresh going into a game like this is quite high and it’s just coincidence that tells you we could have scored the first goal once or twice before they scored. They scored from nothing – a good goal by the way – but I’m pleased with everyone. I know how hard it is towards the end of a long season.”
“Yeah, he [Douglas Luiz] goes through the man from the back and Paul’s very good at shielding the ball in there and I'm happy Bruno got back to his job.”
MAGIC FROM MASON
“Yeah, Mason’s turn and finish was absolutely top. The boy is learning. He’s learned the hard way and he’s got to play, he’s learning on the job. It is the intensity of this league, it’s high, and he had a hard game on Thursday and plays today and produces that goal. Well done. More to come, definitely. One hundred per cent. The boy is learning, hungry to learn and his desire and attitude is improving all the time.”
“His movement, his desire to score goals, it's a great cross from Marcus. We’re getting to learn [about] Edinson as well and hopefully we can use him more next season.”
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“Brilliant. Very good. We’ve got a final to look forward to. The boys are learning and getting better and better as a group, as a unit, and the spirit in the group is getting better. You can hear them in the crowd, supporting their team-mates. These eight days, we knew the squad had to come together and everyone has got to be available to play, they have to play, and they’ve been excellent.”
“It is what is. It’s very unlikely that they won’t get the points that they need, but we just have to do our jobs as well as you can. Tuesday will be a difficult game. For these boys, I don’t put it beyond them; they can go again, as we’ve shown so many times.”
“I think everyone is capable of doing a Thursday-Sunday. But to put in Tuesday is more or less demanding too much of them. Adding Thursday is impossible - absolutely physically impossible. So I have to now make sure that I don’t run the risk of getting injuries. So recovery time, more or less all the time you have, two days in between and play on the third day. At this level, it is impossible. The boys who played Thursday night and today will not play 90 minutes on Tuesday, for sure.”
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“There’s no training. It’s [in the] classroom. Now you’re a teacher. It’s the sports scientists - they do their job, they have all the facilities and have the help that the players can get. We will sit down on Tuesday afternoon and see who is ready. I can have a picture in my mind now theoretically, but it might be that things could crop up tomorrow after this game that we don’t know until tomorrow.”
COMPETITION FOR PLACES
“Sometimes the player you leave out can come onto the pitch and win you a final. That’s no problem; I’d rather have that than have not enough. From personal experience, it is hard to not play in finals. But when you come on, you do your bit. I think Mason has done it so many times for us, and Edinson has done it so many times. Marcus has done it so many times - he came on against Leipzig and scored three. Hopefully we will get Anthony fit as well.”