Solskjaer reacts to FA Cup progress
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with his side's progression past West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup fifth round at Old Trafford.
The manager felt his side were not at our best in the second half but he was pleased with the reaction to our disappointing draw against Everton at the weekend.
In his post-match interviews with MUTV, BBC Sport and at his press conference, Ole fielded questions on a variety of subjects...
“It doesn’t really matter, it's by book or by crook maybe, and that’s the main thing in the cup. We’re in the hat and we bounce back after the disappointment against Everton. That last goal [by Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the weekend] could be a mental kick in the face and we’ve refocused and reset the heads and done really well.”
A SHUT-OUT WAS IMPORTANT
“We’ve had clean sheets. If we look at our record, we’ve had quite a few clean sheets. In big games we’ve had lots of clean sheets and defended well. Yes, we conceded 11 goals in the first three games and that is going to be a bad on the conceded goals when you look at the table, so those 11 goals... well, we weren’t ready. We know that we weren’t ready. If we take them away, we’re not too bad."
UPSET WITH SECOND HALF
“I think we got about 15 to 17 shots in the end but we need to be more clinical. We should've finished the game off earlier and finished in 90 minutes but sometimes it doesn't happen. Especially in the second half, I thought we struggled. First half, we have two or three big moments. Mason [Greenwood] had one when Anthony [Martial] laid it off, Victor Lindelof’s header that deflected, good save by the keeper. Alex [Telles] put a ball in for Donny [van de Beek] who couldn’t get a clean strike. So, first half, I think we dominated and controlled. Second half, not so happy with that one. After we scored, we should have scored two or three more, we’re too wasteful and we should have controlled the game more.”
“It doesn’t matter at the moment with the fans. With the travelling, of course, it’s easier to be here at Old Trafford so yes please. Of course you want to win every game. We want to challenge and we want to go to the final. That's what we're here at Manchester United for. Sometimes you're lucky with draws in the cup - we haven't been that lucky - but obviously we move another step closer to the final. We got a few days to prepare. We don’t play until Sunday. Those 120 minutes will stand us in good stead, ready for Sunday."
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"I thought, first half, we and Donny, we played really well. We created spaces for one or two and he played his part and did his job really well. He was neat and tidy and had half a chance when Alex [Telles] pulled the ball back to him. In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and we wanted to make a few changes."
DEAN'S CLEAN SHEET
"I always hope our keeper has a quiet night when we play and, most of the time, it's happened that way. Dean [Henderson] was good in everything he did, apart from a last header when maybe he took his eye off the ball a little bit. David [De Gea], as our keeper, has been used to this for years, to keep concentrating and keep your eye on the ball. Suddenly, one moment comes up and you have to make a save. I hope that's the way it's going to be for our keepers for many, many years."