Solskjaer: We made it hard for ourselves
The boss discusses our win over Spurs, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Angel Gomes in our exclusive interview...
Ole, you wanted a good workout to end this part of the tour. You must be delighted with tonight? “Yeah, it was hard, it was hard work. We made it harder than we had to. In the second half, I thought we didn’t keep the ball so when you’ve got the kick-off and you get a throw-in against you in the corner after 10 seconds, that’s not a great start, is it? We wanted to get on the front foot, pass the ball, get on the ball but they made it hard for themselves. Then again, it was a great goal by Angel [Gomes] – a great response and, all in all, the tour has been very good.” Anthony Martial through the middle – he seemed to enjoy it in that first half? “Yeah, he played well. He was unlucky a couple of times when he was played through by Andy [Pereira] – left foot strike [which hit the post]. I don’t think it’s a foul when he closes the centre-back down too. So great work-out by Anthony, so very happy with his performance.” It got feisty at times and Daniel James upset Spurs with his constant running in the first half… “Yeah, yeah, yeah but then again we want to get ready for the league and that’s how it’s supposed to be. I felt there was a really competitive game.” Is there any word on Eric Bailly? It was worrying to see him get carried off… “Yeah, I know. It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him, so at first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes.” Every goal on tour so far has been scored or assisted by an Academy graduate. What a fabulous piece of interplay between Mata and Gomes… “Yeah, the little boy is bright and sharp. A great finish, so I’m delighted for him because he’s been, since day one, really sharp in pre-season so we have high hopes for him.” It’s not going to be this temperature in Oslo next week, is it? “You never know! Paradise” [laughs]