Solskjaer: My boys can really play
"The team spirit has been fantastic since they've come back from the international break," explains Ole...
You must be an incredibly proud man? "Yes, these boys can play. They enjoyed it. I felt we played it right as we wanted it and all credit to them. Attitude, work rate... you know the team spirit has been fantastic since they've come back from the international break so it's been brilliant." When you pick the team and the formation and it works like that, you must take a bit of extra pride? "I'm just happy for them. I know we have quite a few possibilities in the way we're playing of course and you have to look at the opposition and how you want to play. But to see Axel play as he has done - I think his last game was maybe Colchester - it's an unbelievable performance by him. He's only trained for a couple of weeks and he's absolutely spot on. And you can see Alex, on his debut, what he's going to give us. His delivery was great and in midfield, Scott and Fred... it's difficult for me to pick out. It's the team, because every single one played their part in this." Axel was up against some elite strikers and he had an outstanding game? "Yes. Axel's a tremendous defender, a great leader. He's come through the Academy and we've known for years that he's going to be a top player for us and he's got the character and the attitude that a Man United player should have." Our front two both looked dangerous but it had to be Marcus, didn't it, at that end of the stadium? "I thought we created so many chances. I think we could have scored a few more. It was almost his most difficult one, the one he scored from. It was a great turn and shot down in the corner. And he's been at that end of the pitch before as you said." What does this do for the group, after winning arguably the hardest game in it? "You know we're early on in the group stage and we want to get to ten points as quickly as we can. We looked at this as a possibility, it's early on and we've all seen that the teams who played in Europe at the end of last season, it's taken a bit of time to get going. But we've certainly got our form back.” But to come here and win must give the boys confidence they can go anywhere? "Yes of course. It's all about what's in between the ears. Football is. Yes, you've got talent, physicality and the technical bit but if your head is screwed on right and you're focused and concentrating on your job, then you get performances like this." Shame there were no fans here but another great night? "It's a bit different without fans, I have to say. We should have been there celebrating with ours now. We'll get back to them.”