Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds the fans.

Solskjaer reacts to United's draw with Everton

Sunday 15 December 2019 18:02

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was disappointed that Everton's goal was allowed to stand, as the Reds fought back to secure a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The Toffees took the lead in the first half, as Victor Lindelof inadvertently diverted Leighton Baines's corner into his own net. Despite appeals from United that David De Gea was impeded, the goal was allowed to stand. 

Ole's side upped the ante after the break, and were duly rewarded with an equaliser, as Mason Greenwood bagged his second Premier League goal with 13 minutes to spare.

Speaking to MUTV, Sky Sports, and in his post-match press conference, the boss gave his verdict on Everton's goal, the performance of Greenwood and the transfer link with Erling Braut Haaland.


"We dominated the game, we put pressure on them. We couldn't really create the openings we wanted to after they scored. Before they scored, we had two or three decent opportunities to take the lead and that was the big difference."

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"I'm disappointed in that one by the referee [Michael Oliver]. I think it's a foul, especially in this day and age. Maybe in the eighties, it would have counted. He's got his elbow, his hand over David's shoulder, and an elbow in the face, so it's a foul.

"When I saw it, I was 100 per cent sure it would be overturned by VAR, so I ran down to the fourth official. I'm surprised they kicked off so soon."


"Mason Greenwood is different class in and around the box. You're not surprised when he scores goals. It's fitting that it should be an Academy player that scores in the 4,000th match [in a row in which Utd have fielded a youth product] and it makes it hard for me to leave him out.

"We've always had the DNA, with added players from other top clubs, and that will always be the philosophy here."


"I think we’re on the right track. One 15-minute spell today was poor and you felt they could have got something. I’m looking forward to going into work tomorrow, because these boys want to improve. We’ve had a decent spell without losing games, but of course draws are no good in this league. We need to work on turning draws into wins."


"When you have 20-odd shots and the pressure mounts, you expect us to score. Sometimes it’s quality, sometimes it’s luck. Yes, today they got the goal and had something to hang on to. The first half against Tottenham was similar to the first half against Everton in the way they defended against us.

"But we created a number of chances today. It’s a work in progress and I think these boys are learning and, today, I think you can’t fault any of them out there, I think they performed decently. We played against a good team as well. For me, Everton are team that are trying to push into the top six and they still have the quality of players to do that."


"He [Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland] knows what he wants to do, so I don’t have to give advice to any other team’s players."

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