Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole: The celebrations show what that win means

Friday 01 January 2021 23:32

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt the full-time reaction from his Manchester United players showed how important the win over Aston Villa was.

The Reds beat Dean Smith’s men 2-1 to start 2021 with a massive three points, that move us level at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool.

At the end of the game, following Eric Bailly’s goal-saving challenge to deny Keinan Davis in the final minute, the defender was mobbed by his team-mates.

The boss felt this not only showed the squad’s delight at picking up three vital points against a spirited Villa side, but also the togetherness in this group.

Ole explained this in detail after the game, when speaking to MUTV and Sky Sports, while he also singled out three Reds for their excellent displays…
Ole: This win means a lot Video

Ole: This win means a lot

The boss is thrilled with three Reds in particular, after our impressive win over Aston Villa...

“Towards the end you see the celebrations; that win means a lot. We should have played out the game and managed the game better towards the end though. But, a defender’s job sometimes is to clear it from the line or block it. We did that."

“We created chances. I think it is always going to be a physical game. We know that they have improved massively and they gave us some challenges. There was a few times in that box when you are a bit worried. We didn’t stop their crosses well enough. When they put crosses in the box they are always dangerous but we made some fantastic blocks and saves. I am delighted with three points obviously. Don’t get me wrong, I am delighted with the three points and very happy with the performance but there are always things we need to improve on. It is early in the season and we shouldn’t be too carried away yet. It isn’t a cup final yet, but those two extra points are important.”
“Deservedly so [he was congratulated at the end] because he’s had such a difficult time with injuries. He’s such a likeable man. In that dressing room, everyone wants to see him succeed. We know how important he can be for us and tonight he was immense.”

“He’s getting better and better. I think that he’s getting better at most things, because he’s had a season and a half now. He’s getting used to Man United. I’m delighted with his contribution tonight.”
“Paul… well done for shielding it and he just clipped his foot [for the penalty]. I think he’s getting better and better. From midfield it’s a physical game; they’re a strong, physical side and Paul can match anyone in the league, physically, when he’s fit. At the moment he’s getting there."

“We are improving and getting closer to the top and we are gelling more and more as a team. The culture in the group is getting better. You listen to the subs tonight - I know we miss our fans - but they are our fans. They are supporting their team-mates.”