Solskjaer's press conference
The boss spoke to reporters via Zoom in his post-match media briefing...
Going into half-time, we knew that’s not the result we wanted. A draw or a 1-0 win or 2-0 were more or less the same outcome for us so then we had to consolidate. You can’t expect to go into games and scoring three or five, like we had to to make a different scenario on Sunday. You know, when we started after lockdown, we had to go for it. We had to go for it for goal difference and had to go for it with points. The effort has been fantastic, the results have been fantastic. Of course, we’d liked to have win against Southampton when you concede in the last second and here, today, we’ve conceded at the end of the first half, but we’ve given ourselves a fantastic opportunity on Sunday. I wanted to have goalscorers out there. We know Bruno, Paul, Mason and Anto can all create a goal in any second of the game, Marcus as well, but we wanted to win the game, of course. It would have been nice to go into Sunday with a win but, then again, we are where we are. We’ve had semi-finals and now it’s a final, then, and we’ve got raise ourselves for that one. We pinpointed this one at Leicester. If we have a chance to go there, we can be delighted we’ve caught up with the points and caught up with the goal difference and given ourselves a fantastic opportunity. We know we’re playing a difficult team – they are very, very dangerous in different aspects of the game and different things tactically. We’ll enjoy the 24 hours we have to break and be ready. Mason has saved us a few times, he’s done it again. He’s absolutely top class. Ever since we gave him the opportunity against Cardiff in the last game of last season, his first start, he was the best player in that game. His talent, his qualities, his attributes – they work at the highest level so we expect him to do it. We see him in training and expect him to hit the target. In the first half, Ogbonna blocked a very good strike, it was a fantastic hit on the ball. The kid’s going from strength to strength. With Mason, you know when he’s had a good sleep or he’s stayed up late playing on the PlayStation as then he may not hit the ball as cleanly. What he did today, he’s done it time and time again. Every time he finishes, you can see he’s an exceptional finisher. It’s no surprise when he hits the back of the net as he’s that good a finisher. With Paul, it was a natural reaction – the handball. The ball was flying at 100 miles per hour. We got back again and got the result we needed. We didn’t get the performance we wanted as we lacked control of the game but it was also to do with a very well organised and confident West Ham team. You saw they played with so much confidence, they kept us having to defend and defended well themselves. David showed why we need him in that goal today because he made a great save. I was very pleased with the boys’ reaction in the second half. I knew David was going to be focused. Everyone knows we lost the game on Sunday and our pride is hurt. Every time we lose a game, we want to go out as soon as we can and David is the same. He showed today he keeps his concentration. [One eye on Chelsea game on Sunday – terrible question!] No. We’ve got until the end, well maybe at half-time we might get an update and Wolves could be doing a great job but we’ll go there and try to win the game and give a good performance that we deserve, score goals, earn the right to create chances and win the game.