Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole: The players were fantastic

Saturday 22 December 2018 20:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed the perfect start to his reign as Manchester United caretaker manager, as the Reds swept to a highly promising 5-1 win away at Cardiff City.

The Norwegian was delighted with the attacking intent shown by his side, and was particularly pleased with the speed of the forward play and the foundation given to the performance by the back four.
Scroll down to read the boss's comments in full, as given to BT Sport...
"I arrived Wednesday night so I had Thursday, Friday with them. I think maybe all the texts from Wazza [Wayne Rooney] helped us today! He just told us to make the players enjoy their football, smile, go forward, and just be Man United, and that's what I asked them for, because it's been a tough week for them, and a tough week for me. There's been loads of things swirling round the heads, so they've responded fantastically."
Two-goal hero Jesse Lingard is congratulated by Solskjaer.
"We had a little session yesterday on the patterns of play and we wanted Ashley [Young] going forward and Luke [Shaw] to support Anthony [Martial], because he's great one-against-one, and Ash on the right-hand side too. It worked great today."
"The easiest thing in the world to work on is your work-rate, because it's free. It's just attitude and the application of the boys. Because of the occasion they did maybe make a run or two more than normal, but when you've got players like Jesse, Rash up top, they do run a lot!"
"We want them to approach every single game the same - combination play, and we want them to play it forward. Of course, every game gives you different challenges and I think the foundation was in the defending. I thought the two centre-backs and the two full-backs were absolutely brilliant."
"It's a great dressing room. Footballers want to give the best for the club. They've got the Manchester United badge on their shirts and there's a reason for that, because they're quality players and that's why they're at the club. When you come in and you meet new people, you're excited yourself and, to be fair, last night was the best night I've had sleeping-wise because suddenly I felt that I can settle down. They've really helped, and Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick] have been fantastic in the dressing room as well."
Our post-match interview with Solskjaer Video

Our post-match interview with Solskjaer

Ole reflected on his winning start and looked ahead to returning to Old Trafford when speaking to Stewart Gardner...

"We take one game at a time now. We've caught up eight, nine points before from teams and you've got to go one game at a time. We've got Huddersfield [on] Boxing Day. Let the boys enjoy tonight and then we'll look forward."

"You can't do anything else than focus on the next training session and work on a few bits because there's still work to be done. Me and Mick [Phelan] have come in with some ideas and we just want to keep plugging away, little by little."

"That's important because when I played at Old Trafford, you felt at home. You walked out onto that pitch and even though in the 90th minute you haven't scored, you still think 'We can win this'. This doesn't happen every game. It just doesn't happen that you score in the first three minutes and you score five goals. So days will come when we hit the post instead of the inside, so it's just that patience and never-give-up attitude that teams fear at Old Trafford."

"Yeah, of course. If you have the honour of walking out leading a Man United team out at Old Trafford, you've got to look forward to that."

Report: Cardiff 1 United 5


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