Ole Gunnar Solskjaer smiles at Goodison Park

Ole: This is what we want from the boys

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a lot to say about a demanding match schedule, after Manchester United defied fatigue to beat Everton 3-1, but he also had plenty of words of praise for his players.

Here are the manager's comments about his players and the all-round performance, as stated in his post-match interviews on MUTV and BT Sport...

WE WANT MORE WINS LIKE THIS

“If we can get this determination, mindset, approach every single game, we'll be hard to play against. You see all the tackles that Scott and Fred were winning in the middle there, we're tight, we're compact, we win the ball, we play, we've got spaces, that's how we want to see these boys. So we're very pleased with that.

“I can’t praise the boys enough for the character that they’ve shown. I didn't want to do it [talk about the schedule] before the game, because I don't want to start giving them excuses before but after, you have to have some common sense to let these boys showcase what they're really about. I thought we saw that at times today but to get this product better, fixture scheduling has to be better.”

Solskjaer's verdict on Everton 1 United 3Video

FERNANDES WAS FANTASTIC

“Bruno was brilliant, top, absolutely top. Fantastic. It was a great performance, of course, leading the boys. His desire and determination, he's everywhere on the pitch. Sometimes that frustrates me because sometimes passes are played to where he should have been and he's not there. But when you've got someone who drives them [the team] on like this, of course you're very happy.”


CAPTAIN'S PERFORMANCE BY MAGUIRE


“Harry's very, very important for this team. When you play against Everton, you know they're going to put crosses in the box. [Everton striker Dominic] Calvert-Lewin is one of the best in the world at timing, leaping, heading, he's got a great teacher in Duncan [Ferguson] of course and I thought Harry and Victor [Lindelof] did really well.”

CAVANI'S OFF THE MARK

“Hopefully, he’s getting better and better and sharper and sharper. Today, it was just trying to finish the game off, because we played well. It's great for him to get his first goal. That's a weight off his shoulders and now he's just ready to kick on.”


FRED AND MCTOMINAY IN MIDFIELD

“Scott and Fred have done brilliantly together. They’re a great partnership. Of course they didn’t play during the week, Scott played 45 minutes in Turkey, but you could see they had fresh legs. They had that energy in the engine room. They’re always key for us, so our creative players can go on and create chances, show their magic. They’re so disciplined and we're very pleased with the two of them.”


You can read Ole's update on the injuries sustained in the Everton game in our separate story.

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