Ole: It’ll be great playing in front of fans
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to playing in front of fans when we play West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.
When facing reporters for his pre-match press conference on Friday, Ole admitted it will be a relief to perform in front of a crowd again, even if the stadium will be far from full.
"It’ll be great playing in front of fans; we’re looking forward to it," he said.
"Of course, we won’t have our fans but we’ll just have to use the energy, or thrive off the home fans and make them quiet. Hopefully, we can make them edgy. We’re looking forward to it. It’s great to see fans back in the stadium."
Manchester is in Tier 3 and therefore we, unfortunately, will not be able to welcome fans for the Manchester derby in our next home fixture.
The Government will review its decision on which areas belongs to each tier on the 16 December. The Reds host Leeds United four days after and that could be the game where we see fans returning to The Theatre of Dreams.
"Of course, we want it at Old Trafford as well," Ole emphasised during his press conference.
"Hopefully, we’ll get that soon because football is not the same. It’s not been the same. Of course, we’re a bit bruised and disappointed after Wednesday night, but, hopefully, we’ll be ready to go again tomorrow [Saturday]."
“I can’t wait,” the skipper told us. “I’ve missed the fans, especially at Old Trafford. When it’s full it’s booming, they really are the 12th man and they help us out. Our home form hasn’t been great without the fans, so as soon as we get them back it’s going to benefit us I’m sure.
“It’s not the amount we want, we wanted a full stadium but it’ll be nice to see 2,000 and it’ll definitely be a lot better than playing in an empty stadium.”
Alex Telles also spoke about the prospect of having fans back at Old Trafford in Thursday’s United Daily.
“Yes, absolutely, it’s something we are very much looking forward to and, as a fan, to see them coming back is great and, as an athlete, you want the support in the stadium.
“Since I arrived, I have wanted to feel the atmosphere at Old Trafford and to have all the fans at the stadium supporting us.”
West Ham v Manchester United kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday and you can watch all the pre-match build-up on MUTV.