Ole’s views on Wolves draw, Romero and rotation
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he believes Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday night was a fair result.
Despite having a busy schedule this month - the Reds will now play at least eight matches in January - the boss said after the game that he is delighted to be in the draw for the fourth round.
Ole also praised the performances of Tahith Chong and Sergio Romero at Molineux, and revealed the importance of squad rotation at this time of year, when giving post-match interviews to MUTV and BT Sport…
DRAW A FAIR RESULT
“Wolves are a good team, a strong team, very physical. I thought we played well in the first half and dominated the possession. But then they took over in the second half which made it an even tougher game. Of course, we got off the hook when he [Matt Doherty] mistimed his header and it hit his arm. But it was an even game and I think a draw is a fair result.”
“They had one massive chance, a great save from Sergio and a couple of instances, but in the second half we were let off the hook when he [Doherty] mistimes his header and it hits his arm. We also created chances, Juan [Mata] was unlucky with his free-kick. Marcus [Rashford] - that shot normally goes in. It's unlucky, it hits the boy and then hits the crossbar. He could have scored with his first or second touch but his first touch didn't really set him up for the finish. He had to take another one and then Coady managed to get back and it's just margins. That's unlucky and we were close.”
“I think it's a pen. I think it is. Brandon's on the ball, the other lad catches his foot. Maybe from the other side, but it could have been. But it's margins, that's the game. You can't say it was a clear and obvious mistake, so it’s definitely not something you want VAR to correct.”
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“I thought Tahith Chong was fantastic tonight. He caused loads of problems for them and I was very pleased with him. Romero’s positioning, his experience: he is great to have behind the back four. He breeds confidence. Of course, players, when they've got him behind them, they're confident. It's fantastic for me to call upon him when David [De Gea] needs a rest.”
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STILL IN THE CUP
“We were hoping to go through tonight, but we're still in it. I would rather have a replay than be out of the cup. Of course, we knew coming here was difficult. We’re still in the hat and at home there’s a little bit more of a chance of going through.”
ROTATION IS KEY
“We're in a phase of the season where we know how we want to play, but it's just about recovery really. We need that time to prepare tactically. I think we're ready tactically for these games and we can tweak things on the board and in the meeting rooms. It's just about having fresh minds and fresh legs. Some have played and are tired - some haven’t played and felt the effects of that towards the end.”
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