Solskjaer's press conference
Watch as the manager faces reporters at Old Trafford in the aftermath of our win over Norwich...
Ole, there’s been a lot talk about a lack of creativity in midfield. Juan Mata showed today how impressive he can be. He was excellent. When we get Juan facing forward, he can pick out passes, he can crosses in. Im delighted with him. He’s a vital member of the squad and today I thought we found him more than we’ve done before, when he’s played. We got him facing forward and creating chances for us. Was that change on the right wing a successful one? Yes, I think Juan played really well. When Mason plays there it’s a different left-footed one, so today we felt this was the right team to go with. Just before he put the cross in, you were having a conversation with him. Can I ask what that was about? I asked how he is feeling and how his family are! No, there were just a couple of little things we’d spoken about before. Ole, you wanted a reaction from the players and, clearly, you got one? Yeah. I’m very happy when the opposition manger can talk about and think about how hard Man United are working - and when the attitude is right. That was the key today: intensity, win the ball back after you’ve lost it, no disappointed heads. You can’t have time to do that. Today I felt the attitude was right and if you let Norwich play - which they want to do, they want to play, they’ve got quality players - then it’ll be a tough game at Old Trafford. They’d be running in between and the fans might be edgy, but today we got an excellent response. Every time we lost the ball you saw Anthony, Juan, Andy, they’re all chasing after the ball. Is it fair to say Brandon Williams is first-choice left back now? We want to get to a place where players understand that ‘if they play well, I’ll keep my place. If I don’t, there’s competition behind us’. There’s good competition there now [at left-back] and Brandon has never let us down. Another excellent performance by him. Do you think his hunger, determination and desire to get up and down is a lesson for some of your senior players? Definitely a lesson for everyone who wants to be a footballer, the attitude he’s showing. It’ll be up to him and to me and the club, to keep him that hungry. I don’t expect him to change because he’s got the heart for it and when you have it, you have it. Marcus Rashford played his 200th United game today, there’s no better way to celebrate that than with his goals… What an achievement to get to 200 games at his age. I don’t know how many goals he scored in total, and 19 this season - he’s been absolutely top class to work with. He’s a great kid, great attitude, wants to learn, wants to improve, knows to keep his feet on the ground. He’s always available and he’s carrying quite a few knocks and there’s no way he’s going to say to me before the game that he doesn’t want to play. Will he be ok for Wednesday? I don’t know. If he’s ready, and if I decide to play him, you’ll see. He’s played many games and I might have to look at it and see how we can manage him. But, we’ve got a week off very soon, in February. Can he get better? Of course he can. He’s only young and he can become so much better. He’s got everything to be a top-class player: attitude, skill, physique. Those goals he scored today, the ones inside the six-yard box, more of them and he’ll be exceptional. And Mason as well? Mason, yeah, but you expect him to hit the target. It was a great goal and I’m delighted I’ve got three centre-forwards scoring today. Can I ask why Ashley Young wasn’t in the squad today? Was it to do with the Inter Milan situation? He wasn’t fit to play. Can you say something more about what you have spoken to Mata about? It’s just tactical things and we speak throughout the week about what we want him to do. You let Juan find the solutions. I can’t find the solutions for him, from the sidelines. We want to get him on the ball as much as we can and today he kept finding spaces. Would you considering playing him a little bit more in the league, from the start? Yeah. He’s a very good footballer and we need to find him at his feet. We need to know what we’re good at and we’ve got quick players - I could have chosen Dan with his pace, but Juan gives us a different dimension. Ole, I have to ask you about the anti-Glazer chanting and the chants about Ed Woodward. Does that type of thing filter through to you and the players? Or do you just block it out? I’m not sure if the players will get it, but I noticed. As a club we’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to be united. We are a family and I can only say from when I’ve been here, I’ve been backed by the owners and backed by Ed and they’re supporting me. For me, make sure we stick together. We are in all competitions. We are still in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and we’re fifth in the league. We’re still challenging. We’ve improved our position from last season and we’ve got the Europa League. They’ve just got to believe me when I say we’re doing loads of good things behind the scenes. We are going in the right direction. You see the group today, that attitude and work rate is the core of the group that will go forward.