Ole reacts to six-goal show against Leeds
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his team's fitness is starting to make a difference as Leeds United were put to the sword 6-2 at Old Trafford.
Marcelo Bielsa's enterprising side arrived at the Theatre of Dreams with some tipping them to cause a potential upset after their 5-2 demolition of Newcastle United last time out. However, United were swiftly 2-0 ahead and ran out convincing winners. As the manager said, the only shame was the fact that no fans were allowed inside the stadium to witness a game played at break-neck speed, which could have ended up as any score.
Find out what Ole had to say, afterwards, to MUTV and Sky Sports, plus during his press conference...
"The effort they put in today, the boys, all the running they had to do, the closing down, and the moving to get away from our markers, with our fans in the stadium, it would have been even easier for them. We found a way of getting them going, Just imagine if that had 75,000 people here, it would have gone down in history as one of the better Man United performances against Leeds here at home."
"It was a brilliant start. That was fantastic from the first minute. We had a plan to get after them, go forwards when we had the ball. Two great goals by Scott [McTominay]. The way we approached the game, of course, we've shown them videos and analysed [Leeds] and they were wide-eyed, the boys, when they saw the clips we showed them. The spaces that can appear, or not appear if we don't do the work. They did the work, spot on."
A GOOD ADVERT FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE
"Yes, they [Leeds] don't stop. 4-0 up, 4-0 down, it doesn't matter. 6-1, it doesn't matter. They make you run until the end and fight until the end and you have to concentrate. They create chances. It could have been 12-4 easily. We could have doubled and they could have doubled their goals. It could have been 12-4, it was that type of game. That just says everything about the attitude these two teams have for football and it should be this way."
"Scott is one of those boys, both him and Fred, they never stop. They run, they run, they run. We knew that it was going to be a game for fitness and physicality and those were excellent performances. Scott is a physical monster. He does all his work every day. He never shirks anything and gets his rewards."
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"Sometimes they have shown and proven, unfortunately, to be very important goals [when deciding league titles and placings]. When you add up in the end, you never give a goal away or you never stop trying for another one, so let's see at the end. But we're improving, getting better, getting fitter, getting stronger. There are some details we need to improve on but we'll get there."
UNJUST JAMES CALL
"I think you saw what he did for us today. Starting off on the front foot, he's so quick and sharp and, for me, I don't know if it's inside or outside the area, but it's either a penalty or a free-kick for Dan when he gets his [Cooper's] arm and [yet] he gets a yellow card for diving. That's shocking refereeing."
IS A TITLE CHALLENGE ON?
"We're one third into the season, we're not even at the halfway point, so the league position is not something we look at. We look at the improvement in the team, we look at the improvement in fitness because we knew we were going to be lagging behind in fitness, and I think it showed in the first few games but now, today, I think we showed we are getting a fitter and stronger team."