United 1 Everton 1: Solskjaer's press conference
In his post-match press conference, Ole was quizzed on Greenwood, our creativity and a potential new signing...
Q: Ole, you said on TV that you lacked ideas to beat them, what would you have liked to have seen from your team then? OGS: It’s easy from the outside to sit in the stands and watch and say ‘we could have done that, should have done that’. We needed a calm head that you maybe get with more experience because young kids want to do it, want to do well, but we lacked composure. We wanted the ball to drop to Mason because he’s so calm and composed and when he gets a chance, he takes his chances. We put them under pressure but we ran out of time towards the end. Q: There is a calmness from Mason that is quite unique for his age… OGS: It’s just so natural for him, he knows exactly what to do. If you open your legs, he shoots through you. If you close your legs, he shoots round you. He can go on his right or left. Too many chances are missed in football from strikers rushing the finish, or stressing. The best ones, they have that extra half a second, and he does. Q: You weren’t happy about the goal. Was it strange, from your point of view, that VAR didn’t intervene? OGS: Yes. It’s a foul. It’s clear, but there’s no point me complaining. It’ll be better next year, I’m sure. We’ll have to look at it. That’s a clear and obvious foul. Q: Could David have been more commanding? Could there have been more complaints at the time? OGS: Maybe, because his elbow is in his face and over his shoulder. For me, that’s a foul. Q: You’ve had good results against the better teams and struggled against the poorer sides - is that due to a lack of creativity? OGS: No, it’s sometimes the way the game goes. The longer it went today and we couldn’t get the first goal, it looked like we were going to get early. I think we started brightly. When you have 20-odd shots and the pressure mounts, you expect us to score. Sometimes it’s quality, sometimes it’s luck. Yes, today they got the goal and had something to hang on to. I’m trying not to go down the route you’re going down, saying that we always struggle against the teams that lie low, because we don’t. Like Tottenham, the first half against Tottenham was similar to the first half against Everton in the way they defending against us. But we created a number of chances today. It’s a work in progress and I think these boys are learning and today I think you can’t fault any of them out there, I think they performed decent. We played against a good team as well. For me, Everton are team that are trying to push into the top six and they still have the quality of players to do that. Q: Are you too easy to stop when teams sit back? Because, obviously, your strength is the pace of those players in behind. OGS: Today the tempo of the ball wasn’t good enough and we have to to improve on that - it has to quicker, two touches or one touch instead of three or four. That’s the big difference and these boys will learn. Q: Ole, it’s a year to the day on Thursday since you came into the job. How do you reflect on that 12 months? OGS: I’ve really enjoyed it. I think we’re on the right track. I think that one 15-minute spell today, that was poor just before they scored, and you felt they were going to get something. So, I’m not going to change my mind from before the weekend. I’m looking forward to going into work tomorrow again because these boys want to learn and want to improve, and they’re as disappointed today as I am. Q: After the wins last week, does it make the result today even more disappointing? That seemed like it could have been a turning point, but you’ve dropped two points today.. OGS: You always want wins and you want the momentum to carry on. We’ve had three wins since the Villa draw and now it’s a chance to bounce back against Colchester and Watford. That’s the way we have to look at it, because we’ve taken a few steps forward and today is more of a stand still. It’s not improving, but we are, as a team and a group, going forward. Q: What can you say about your trip to Salzburg on Friday? OGS: I don’t comment on those speculations. Q: Any advice for Erling in January? OGS: No, he knows want he wants to do, so I don’t have to give advice to any other team’s players. Q: Ole, when you have two fantastic wins like that and then you drop points at Old Trafford to a side that have won one away from home all season, does it show you it’s going to be a battle to finish in the top four? If that is going to happen you’re going to need to put a run together at some stage… OGS: That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve had a decent spell without losing games now, but, of course, draws are no good in this league. We just have to keep on working to turn draws into wins. Sometimes luck, sometimes referees decisions, sometimes a bit of quality and, today, a little bit of all of them and we’d have sat there smiling - well at least me.