Solskjaer's reaction to Reds rescuing a point
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the never-say-die attitude of his Manchester United players as the Reds came from two goals down to rescue a point against Burnley at Old Trafford.
With United staring down the barrel of a first defeat under Solskjaer, the hosts responded in fine fashion with Paul Pogba's spot-kick and Victor Lindelof's first goal for the club, in stoppage time, ensuring the spoils were shared between the two sides.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the Norwegian commented on how he is still learning about different members of the squad - in particular Andreas Pereira, who made his first league appearance of 2019 - the reaction of the side after going two goals down and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, who produced a number of fine saves.
Ole's verdict on United 2 Burnley 2Video
OUR RESPONSE WAS BRILLIANT
“The way we came back was fantastic. We are happy with a point and we could have got three by the end. We just ran out of time and we started too late, with the urgency that we needed. That is a learning curve. But now you have your answer - can they come back if they go one down, or two down, even? So I am very happy with the response.
”That's Man United. We know we could have performed better in the first 60-70 minutes but, then again, the reaction was brilliant and, to get two goals after 87 minutes, that's fantastic and that's a testament to the character of everyone. Never give up. Never give up at this club.
WE CREATED LOADS OF CHANCES
”You have to find a way to break teams down and decision-making of course could have been better at times, because we know they're strong. They wanted us to cross the ball, so when we started playing our way into the box I thought we looked dangerous. Juan made some good runs and with Ash down the side I think we created loads of almost chances. And then again, we got two in the end.
A LEARNING PROCESS
“Rom [Romelu Lukaku] has done really well against Burnley before. He has scored and he is a handful. With Anthony [Martial] injured, we thought that was the best option with Rashy [Marcus Rashford] out there. Of course, he got a couple of chances but today wasn't his day.
”It's a learning process every game we play and for me as well, learning about the players when we go one down, but we went two down and we still came back to get a point which was brilliant. Andreas [Pereira] will be better off for having this experience, no problem about that.
HAPPY WITH THE SPIRIT
”The passes didn't have enough tempo on them. But I thought at times, in the first half, Juan [Mata] found some great positions. Of course, we didn't create as many clear-cut chances but we had 75 per cent of the possession so we just needed a little bit more tempo.
“I thought we could have got the third as well. You never give up. That's just the DNA here. Disappointed that we couldn't get three points, but fantastically happy with the reaction after we went 2-0 down.”
HEATON DESERVES PRAISE
“I wonder who taught Tom Heaton to take his time like that! Tom played well, I have to say. He made some fantastic saves. Paul [Pogba] had a couple of shots there, so he's a good lad and he deserves all the accolades he can get.”
WE NEED TO LEARN FROM TONIGHT
“Of course. As soon as you lose a game it's, that's hard you know, but we got a point. We need to learn from this. We've got to be able to handle not winning games as well and it's on to Leicester now.”
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