Solskjaer: Our goals against Chelsea were fantastic
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted Manchester United made a winning return to the Premier League after our mid-season winter break.
The Reds played our first match in 16 days when we travelled to face Chelsea on Monday night, and the three points gained at Stamford Bridge are a huge boost to our hopes of gaining a Champions League spot for next season.
Speaking after the game, Ole said he felt his team improved as the game went on and believed the three major VAR decisions were all correct during the course of a huge win. Here are the main points from his post-match interview with Sky Sports...
THE BEST OF RETURNS
“Well, we kept another clean sheet, that’s four on the bounce now. We’re getting better defensively and [we scored] two very good goals. I’m very happy with the goals. I think we were a bit leggy. Sometimes it takes time to blow the cobwebs off. The players had a week off and we trained for a week. We were better in the second half, in the legs, in the first half I thought we looked cumbersome.”
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“There were some good individual performances, at times. I thought in the first half we were too negative, we played it back too many times; and we made technique errors that we normally don’t do. But the goals were fantastic. Aaron has been working on his crossing and Anthony has been told x amount of times to get in that box. We’ve had an ongoing joke with Harry about his headers, so it’s about time.”
CHELSEA’S DISALLOWED GOALS
“You want the right decisions to be made and we’re happy they were made, because they weren’t being made without that help. It’s been shown a few times this year that we’ve needed that help. I don’t know why that is. [The Giroud goal], that’s offside. [For Zouma’s goal] I just looked at the screen and it looks like a push in the back. So, for me, that’s not a goal.”
“I wouldn’t think that’s a red card. He’s just protecting himself. He’s got a lad [Michy Batshuayi] standing over him and he’s got his legs where it does hurt.”
RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOTS
“It gives us confidence and it gives us a chance. It’s going to be a tight race; we’re not going to get help from anyone because we played tonight and we’ve already got a game on Thursday night [in the Europa League]. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why we didn’t play on Saturday. We’ll just have to dust ourselves off and get going again, and recover as quick as we can.”
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