Arsenal 2 United 0: Ole's press conference
The manager discussed injuries for Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba during his post-match press conference...
"I thought we started off decent and had two or three really good counterattacking opportunities. We just weren’t precise enough with either the finish or the last pass. We looked okay and looked like we could carve through them. After they probably settled their nerves or whatever, it sometimes takes time to settle in games and after they scored it seemed like they had loads of energy. I think their heads had loads of energy and our heads were a little bit tired and they were the better team. They were aggressive and regained the ball, we couldn’t find a way out of their pressing and it was hard to get the ball off them. They played really well, it was a good game by two really good teams. The goal just before half-time was a killer blow because at 1-0 down you’re in the game, but at 2-0 you need a goal to get that energy to make them nervous again and that was disappointing. You can look at every goal and there are mistakes but then there’s luck and if you look at the first goal it’s deflected and falls in Pepe’s path and the second one David has a great save from the header and then it’s deflected from Victor’s back and into Sokratis’s path. Sometimes games are decided by little things like this." "When you get one win, you want two and three and you always want to build on the performances we’ve had. We’ve had a very good December, we’ve had nine games and here we are 1st January and we’re going again. I can’t fault the effort or the drive or anything from the boys. All of you that sit there and me know it’s a hard period and sometimes you get these little things that decide games. We’ve been on a good run but we didn’t have enough today." "We’ve had scans and it’s nothing major, it’s something that has to be sorted and dealt with within a timeframe and he’s been advised to do it as soon as, and we’ll probably do it as soon as and he’ll probably be out for three or four weeks probably. We’ve had a consultant that’s been looking at him and the club have done the scans. "We’ve been without him all season so the boys that have played have been fantastic. It’s a big blow that Paul is out now and Scott’s out because Scott will be out for a few months which is a big blow for us. Scott has been magnificent and we hoped Paul could come back. He can’t – he’ll be back within a month or so but Nemanja and Fred [will continue]. If they played like today then I’m happy with them because they played well the two of them. "Of course you always want competition for places at a place like this and you want players to rotate with. We’ve been suffering a little bit, especially in midfield but you’ve just got to cope with it. The boys who are playing have been fantastic and have really put an effort in. They’ll go again on Sat and Tues and then Sat – it’s a relentless period. "I thought that second half we pegged them back, I’m not sure if the creativity problem was the problem today, it was the finish, but there was still the desire to get in there and finish. You want your best players on the pitch and we’ve all got different attributes." "He’s been advised that he’ll do it [the op] as soon as. We look after our players’ health and we won’t take any risk with any players that don’t feel they’re able to play on." "Dortmund have signed a fantastic boy and I can’t answer more than that." "Of course it’s playing on our decision-making when you’ve got two players out for a bit, Scott for two months and Paul for a month. That gives us less options and we have loads of games and important games. But it still has to be right and that’s the big point here, if someone is available and something is possible we’ll do it, we’re looking at one or two."