Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer outlines attacking philosophy

Friday 29 January 2021 13:45

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated his attacking philosophy as a coach.

The Reds have scored 37 league goals this term, the second highest in the top flight. However, we have also conceded 27 times from 20 games, the most of any side in the top half of the division.

Ole wasn’t surprised with those stats, when speaking during Friday’s press conference ahead of the weekend clash with Arsenal, and the boss explained this is a by-product of his offensive values and principles.
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“You’re a Man United supporter,” he responded to journalist Andy Mitten’s question. “You’d rather win 3-2 than 1-0. Of course we are getting goals at one end and sometimes you open up at the other end.

“But, we’ve been consistently scoring more than conceding. But you’d rather win 3-0 than 3-2 as well! You’re not happy with conceding goals, of course you’re not. Six of them in one game [against Tottenham Hotspur] that was a big reason behind this [number of goals conceded].

“We’re working on the high press,” he continued. “We defend as a team and we’ve got better and better over the year. Let’s hope we can be a compact unit against Arsenal as well.”
Ole will be aiming to get back on track at the Emirates Stadium, following Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.

It’s our first league loss since the Gunners came away from Old Trafford with all three points at the start of November.

That kickstarted a 13-game unbeaten run in the league, and Ole is hoping for a similar response this time around.

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“You never want to lose a game to learn from it, you want to learn from the games you win,” he told reporters via video link. “We’ve been terrific, we’ve been consistent, but it's that kind of season.

“We didn't expect to go through unbeaten since 1 November, of course we didn’t.  But we wanted to and we still want to start a new run.

“We’ve always bounced back after defeats before. This season, we’ve done remarkably well after most of the defeats. There was one, we lost to Arsenal and then to Basaksehir just after. But apart from that we’ve always bounced back with a good performance.

"I expect everyone to perform well and let’s hope the result comes thereafter. You can never control the result.”