Solskjaer's post-match press conference
The manager praised Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes in his media briefing after the win over Watford...
On today’s performance, Bruno Fernandes looks like a bargain… Well, in today’s market I think we’ve got a good deal. I think he’s come in and done really well and given everyone a boost. It means more than just getting a player in. You can see the supporters are used to players of that personality, mentality and quality. He’s been a great plus. Can you sometimes just feel that certain players feel at home in a shirt? He looked like he embraced the pressure… He’s come in and from the first minute he’s felt like a presence in the group, and in the first training session was demanding the ball. Some players take some time to warm up, but he’s felt confident straight away. It’s a bit of a mixture between Scholes and Veron. He’s got the temperament of Veron and a lot of the quality of Scholes. With the penalty did he show that? He’s been known for his set plays. He’s been practising in the last few days and I wasn’t doubting what type of penalty he was going to do. Does he feel like the missing link in this team? Do you wonder how different it would ave been if you’d got him in the summer? Well, he’s here now and he’s one for the pieces we’re trying to put together. He’s a big piece in it and is an important piece. We’re getting towards the business end of the season with what we’ve spent on Harry and Aaron - they’ve done fantastic. Now, we’ve got the no.10 or attacking midfielder nailed down. Hopefully he’ll keep fit and keep producing performances. Is that his position: no 10? He’s a box-to-box midfielder and can do everything a midfielder can. He’s similar, as I said, to Veron and Scholes. Sone games he’ll play in a two and some games he’ll play attacking midfielder or a 10. He’s played every position in midfield. He has done that since 2017… I’m delighted with the week Anthony has had. He has got his critics and I’m one of his biggest, probably, because I keep demanding different stuff from him. But this week he’s come up with a no.9 centre-forward’s goal: the header against Chelsea. He did everything to get the goal against Brugge: defending, winging the ball and running through. Today was more of the Anthony we know with t skill. That is mind-blowing, the skills he shows. But I want more from him and I’ll keep at him. Ole, you mentioned Veron… what makes you confident Fernandes won’t tail off like he did? Well, he’s going to be a very important part and he’s come in to be a very important player. We’ve need that type of player. He knows he’s here to play. One of the good things about him is he takes risks with the ball, like Veron did. I used to love playing with Seba because you’d run and you’d get the ball. If he doesn’t hit you, at least he’s looking for you and that’s what Bruno does. That will encourage players to make more runs, I hope, because there aren’t enough of them still. After four minutes you were shouting, did you have to wake them up? That was two minutes too late because they start we had was a shambles. The chance we gave them after two minutes - with Harry and Nemanja - if we’d have conceded that one, added to the one we conceded against Brugge, that would have been two calamity goals. But Luke did fantastic. I thought Luke’s performance today was absolutely top and they needed waking up and we needed to settle the game. The more the game went on, we were fitter and stronger, and more spaces opened up; and we found Bruno, Dan James and Mason. What was your thinking with omitting Lingard and Pereira from the 18? We picked a squad of 18 that we felt covered all bases today. We had the starting XI, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards: a wide man and a striker. That was the decision we made. They didn’t have the best games in Brugge… The whole team didn’t play well against Brugge. We can only do better on Thursday. But is this a warming to them about the standards you expect? There is more and more competitions for places so your standard has to improve. That’s what I was saying about Anthony too, I want more from him - not just the one who weren’t playing, I want more from everyone and we have to be more consistent. We need to kick on and this week has been a good one. You haven’t won three on the bounce in the league for over a year, is now the time to do this? Well I hope so because there are four big league games coming up: Everton, City, Tottenham and Sheffield United. It’s a very important month for is in the league and then we’ve got Europe on Thursday. I have to think about that one first. Will we see more of him in the tail-end of the season? If he keeps fit. Are you happy with his work rate? It looked like he worked harder in the second half… I thought the whole team in the first half looked a bit leggy and a bit slow. We didn’t react quick enough. When we won the ball w slowed it down. That’s not us. When we win the ball, we should go quickly. That’s one of the worst things I see. I want the ball to go forward quicker. A young player coming into the team that’s challenging for titles is different than a team that has struggled to score goals or created chances, but he still is scoring goals. Does that say a lot for him? The whole season he’s had says a lot for him. He’s just going to get better and better. He’s only 18, we’ve to to remember that, and he’s still not fully grown in his body. He’s not like Wayne Rooney at 18. He still has a lot of development and he still has a young body. In a couple of years times he’ll, more or less, be the complete no.9. Luke Shaw’s positioning at full-back, has he got better at that? That has been a criticism of him before… I think Luke has been excellent when he’s played in that position. He’s got more options inside and outside and I think that line, sometimes, can close him off. He goes back too often as a full-back. Today when he surged forward he was unstoppable and he should do that more. I keep encouraging them to do more of what they’re good at and when they listen we’ll be a good team. Is there anything you can do with Mason’s body? Give him time because it’ll be natural. He’s 18 now and he’ll still fill out more: his upper body, his legs. He’s now starting to get a man’s body but it will take a couple of years because you can’t do that too early. When Odion Ighalo was at Watford he was famous for Ighalo scoop or chop. Has there been any of that? We’ve seen it training. He’s probably learnt that off Kanu because it’s a difficult skill; to defend. I read in the programme today that Troy Deeney was going to fine anyone who went for that scoop. He’s already come in and made a positive impact in training, but even to just give me a chance to rest Anthony for 20 minutes here and there is important. He’s a sniffer, he sniffs. Today, he was one-one-one with the keeper by just anticipation and he’ll score goals soon.