Solskjaer encouraged by second-half response
"We want to see their characters because that wasn't good enough in the first half," says Ole in our interview...
Q: Clearly a tough night Ole, what did you make of it overall? Well, first half until they scored was an even game I thought. But we didn’t cope with the setback of their goal well enough. We need to learn how to handle that better, batten down the hatches, make sure we stay in the game. Stay 1-0 down and let’s make sure we get to grips with it. We didn’t and you might say [we’re] lucky to be only 3-0 down at half-time. Second half great response, you ask them to go out there and win the second half, see how much we can win it. We win it 1-0 and that means we’re still in the tie in a sense. Q: What was your message at half-time? Must be tricky when you’re coming in at three down. What was your message? We want to see their characters, because that’s not good enough what we did in the first half and let’s see who’s got the belief, who’s got the pride, who’s got the character to turn this round and I thought second half was a great response. We cannot ask for a better response really than the second half, and with the crowd. We went for it, we created some chances and that was more like it. Q: If you’d got a second one, it would have been interesting in that second half, wouldn’t it? Ifs and whats and buts but we’re still in the tie. We created loads of chances there last time we went, we’ve done that time and time again as a club. We did it last year against PSG, so we’ve got to believe we can go there and get something. Q: It was quite a young team, did Brandon typify the youth with his effort and energy? You talk about youth and Brandon only 19, Mason 18, Marcus is only 22, so yeah we had a very young team. Great possibility to learn from this for them. We need to learn to deal with setbacks better. Brandon fantastic second half, and first half as well. And Fred as well. I thought Fred was excellent. And our goal, Angel good tackle. Mason great weight of pass and good finish by Marcus, so that’s promising. Q: Do you just dust yourself off now, ready for the next one? The games keep coming, of course, I suppose you’ve got no other option have you? Is there any other way? What can you do? Can you go and feel sorry for yourself? No, there’s absolutely no chance that I will and the players will. We’ve got to react, we need to win on Saturday.