United 1 Chelsea 1: Ole's press conference
The manager tackles some tough questions from the media during his post-match press conference...
Q: Have you any concerns over David De Gea, because he’s making quite a lot of mistakes? I know it’s not like him, but he has been over the last couple of months? OGS: No I don’t really, because I know David. When you’re a goalkeeper or a striker you’re always in the spotlight and any time you either miss a chance or you score you get either good or bad headlines. It’s the same with David. He’s been in the spotlight for the right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he probably feels he could have done better. No I don’t have any worries about him, because he’s a strong character. Q: At what point does he become a liability rather than an asset? The mistakes keep happening and surely a period out of the firing line would be the answer? OGS: You think so? There’s many different ways of getting back to your best performances and of course I’ll sit down and speak to David, as I’ve done when he’s played well. He’s not the reason that we’re in sixth position at the moment. Q: What is the reason that you’re sixth then? OGS: There’s many reasons. We’re challenging against good teams. Today I was very happy with the start. Maybe it’s been inconsistency, because today as well we were flying in the first half, playing really well, creating chances, on the front foot, play and run and I think everyone was very pleased with the performance. Of course we were disappointed going into half time with only a draw. The mood in the dressing room at half time was very good. Everyone was backing each other and said the right things. In the second half, it was just a scrappy game. Never got the quality in either team really. We certainly didn’t get the intensity and quality in our pressing and with the ball suddenly it started to go two or three touches instead of the one and two we had in the first half. Q: Is this team basically not fit enough to carry out your game plan over a 90 minute period? OGS: We were tired towards the end of the game, that’s for sure. We’ve addressed that issue before. We’re just going to take one step at a time. When Scott came on we got those legs again, so of course we depend on everyone being fresh and fit, yeah. Q: Lukaku looked really sharp for the first 25 minutes and then it seemed like his fitness level dropped off? OGS: I think the whole team looked the same. I think we looked really, really sharp, really good. For whatever reason, the second half we didn’t come out and play as we did in the first half. There can be many reasons. I think the first half we found our patterns, we found the right passes. In the second half, as I said, maybe one or two extra touches, look up and see and maybe the runs gone, so the cohesion wasn’t there in the second half, but we’ll get there. Q: Does David maybe feel complacent? That maybe he’s un-dropppable? OGS: He’s got two great keepers underneath him with Sergio and Lee. Fantastic atmosphere between them and Sergio’s played well every time he’s played. Lee is fantastic in training. They keep pushing each other. You cannot say there’s any complacency. David is not the type to sit down and be complacent. He’s a competitor, he wants to be the best and for whatever reason whenever I didn’t score a goal my confidence dropped. David, he knows he could have done better with the goal. There’s no reason hiding that, but there’s no chance any of us will point fingers, because he’s saved us so many times. Q: You mentioned confidence there and obviously with the rest of the team with the mistake they seem to lose confidence very quickly in adversity. Is that a problem? OGS: I think we’ve been inconsistent in our performances and sometimes yeah, when we’ve played well, when everything been going easily, it’s not easy. You can see this league and we played against Chelsea today which is a fantastic team. We kept them quite quiet I felt during the whole game and we feel we should have won this game, but feelings don’t decide it’s goals that decide and probably we deserved a draw. Q: How hard will it be to get top four now, Ole? OGS: If you look at the league table it’s going to be difficult. We’ve got to make sure that we turn up, win the next two games, play well and you never know because points are being dropped left, right and centre in this race. There’s difficult games for all of us and we can’t do more than focusing on our own performances. Q: How’s Bailly and Rashford? OGS: Rashy we strapped him up before the game. You could see clearly that his shoulder got worse and worse and he couldn’t run freely any more. Eric I think it’s a bad knee injury. Hopefully, it’s not the worst case, but I’m sure we won’t see him more this season unfortunately and that just adds to the others we got against City, but anyway we’ll be ready for Huddersfield.