Ole talks Mengi and Martial after LASK win
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in a positive mood following Manchester United's 2-1 win over LASK in the second leg of our last-16 Europa League tie – a result which secures the Reds' place in the last eight of the competition.
That means we'll now travel to Cologne to battle FC Copenhagen on Monday, for a place in the semi-finals.
The manager spoke to both BT Sport and club media after the final whistle at Old Trafford, and discussed a first senior appearance for promising young defender Teden Mengi and also revealed what he said to match-winner Anthony Martial before sending on the striker in the final stages.
Read below for the boss's post-match comments...
Solskjaer: Martial begged to come on!Video
“We didn't quite have the sharpness. Of course, they haven't played for a while, some of these lads, and it showed. But we won again, and it was another debut [for] one of the kids, so it's been a good night. We expected them to come out flying and aggressive because we've seen them before and of course there's a new coach who wants them to work hard. We expected it. It's difficult when they haven't played for a while, our players. They've been in and out, 10 or 15 minutes each but not many have played 90 minutes and definitely not together as a team. It took some time before we got the rhythm but we won the game and that's job done.”
WHY WE BELIEVE IN MENGI
“He's a leader. A centre-back. Of course, he's one that we believe in. He's the age group of Mason [Greenwood], so they've grown up together as good mates. He's strong, quick, good on the ball, so I think we've got a decent player there.”
“Victor [Lindelof] should be okay to travel [to Germany]. Of course, it was great to get Eric [Bailly] through a game again, because he's had his ups and downs with injuries, and he played really well. A bang on the head? That's just Eric and his playing style!”
“It is that sharpness that you lack when you don't play regularly. Of course some of these haven't really played since the lockdown. They played the last time against Norwich, which is more than a month ago, so for me it's a good exercise: job done, minutes under the belt, and we're ready to travel [to Germany].”
“We needed to win the game. Of course, I wanted to but I couldn't get all of them [the substitutes] on. We want to win, and Anto was begging to come on. But he promised a goal as well, so well done!”
WE LOOK FORWARD TO FACING COPENHAGEN
“I know Stale [Solbakken, their manager] really well. A good friend of mine. I did my pro licence study with him in Copenhagen, so I know what there is to know about Stale probably. And he probably knows what there is to know about me! I'm looking forward to it.”
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