Ole: We should have been comfortable
The boss was pleased with three big points, but says United should have finished the game off earlier...
Ole, it's never easy after an international break. But first of all the most important part is the three points, I guess? “And we have a tradition of making it difficult for ourselves at Old Trafford anyway, even when I was a player, Sir Alex always used to say that was why one day he was going to have heart trouble! But he's still healthy so that's fine. But towards the end, we seemed edgy because we could have finished the game off with a couple of very good chances. We would have been more comfortable but then at 1-0, they've got chances as well.” I suppose in these games against this kind of opposition, you really want an early goal and the longer it goes, it gets a little bit more difficult. “It's not easy when we keep giving other teams our good goalkeepers, when we've developed all these good players, and Sam had a fantastic game I think. I had him before I went back to Norway and to see him develop the way he has is great but he doesn't have to do it so well against us.” The penalty that was given against us to start with. What did you make of that at the time? “I thought at the time, live, that it was a penalty. But when you look at the video, Bruno gets the ball first and I think the penalty that wasn't given to Villa at the end against Brighton was probably in the mind of the referee as well. So he gets the ball first and then maybe he touches him slightly but I think it's the right decision.” And then the penalty we scored eventually, he was quite a long way off his line in fairness. That's VAR working, isn't it? “Yeah, that's VAR working and then you can discuss if it's a penalty or not. I don't know the handball rule there; we've had it so many times. But it was clear [his arm was in] an unnatural position. Still, we created enough big chances to score more goals so we should have been more comfortable. But then David had a good save to make and the crossbar helped us.” Bruno said he was angry with himself for missing but it takes great character to wait and take another one? “It's easier to take a penalty in front of no crowd than having a speech in front of 15 or 20 people isn't it? So that's what he's been doing all his life so I think that's what he's capable of doing. I think we all, when we were kids, visualised taking penalties when we were in the playground. If you don't want to take a penalty, you're in the wrong place.”