Ole's post-match press conference
Ole is quizzed on the win, Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood, contract rumours and clean sheets...
How good to get that one over the line? “It has been a big week for us. The last two league games against teams near top of league. We are starting to build momentum in the league. We have opened a gap further to West Ham so it was important for us.” In terms of what is possible this season how important is this week, firstly winning today and then two cup games before the international break? “We want to improve on last season. We want to get to a final, we want too move up the table so this week was always going to be massive. The reaction after the disappointment of the late equaliser that Milan scored was really good because you never know how that can affect you. I looked like everyone wanted to show what they could do. Maybe in the first 15 minutes a little bit too eager, lacked a bit of composure but the attitude was spot on though. When we got the composure we built more and more pressure and momentum.” Are the injury worries going to ease in Milan? “Injury wise I hope we will have four or five players back for that game. We hope, very likely, that Edinson (Cavani) and Anthony (Martial) are fit, Donny (van de Beek) hopefully as well. Paul (Pogba) even might make the trip and David (De Gea) is back from isolation so that is more numbers. You can see today we even had two goalkeepers on the bench so we need them back of course.” What did you make of Greenwood’s performance? “His performance was really good. He deserved a goal. I have to say he has played really well lately. He linked the play well for us, he held the play up well for us. He kept switching it and he had our two best chances. Great save by Fabianski down to his right and unfortunately he hit the post on the second one and he kept creating chances for others as well. I am very pleased with Mason at the moment.” West Ham didn’t push on so is that the kind of game when you have to be patient, go to try and create openings because there is not a lot of space? “Yes. We had to re-adjust a little bit, so after 15-20 minutes during a break in the play we just had to get to grips with our composure. We were too eager. We kept firing the passes into each other, couldn’t find a red shirt whatsoever . I thought we improved the last 15-20 minutes and at half time we said just keep moving the ball quicker and chances will come. The goal was a bit fortunate but we created enough chances to score a few more as well.” Thirteen games unbeaten but the goals aren’t flowing like they were. Is that a concern or do you offset that by the fact you have become difficult to beat? “We have had four clean sheets now in the league straight up and that is always a foundation. We want to create goals and we want to score goals, we are creating big chances. Fantastic save by Fabianksi today, hit the post as well and a few others where we were so close so I feel that we are getting back to what we can. It is only a week ago we beat City 2-0 so we don’t want to be greedy. Nobody can score for or five goals every week in the Premier League, you have got to earn it. The foundation with the clean sheet, the attitude, the desire that is there and we always back our players to score enough goals.” Reports in papers that you might be entering into talks about a contract extension. Are you beginning to plan for United for the future or are your thought on the now? “My thoughts are very much on doing my job as well as I can every single day. That is all my focus is on.” Luke Shaw having a tremendous season. What do you put his improvement down to? “Many reasons. He is working steadily and really well. He got this injury towards the end of last season and he worked really hard to get back fit. He’s got competition with Alex (Telles). Alex has done well. Luke has really taken on that competition. He goes forward, he trusts himself, he’s become a dad and that does a lot to many. I think Luke has matured a lot in the last two and a half years I’ve been here and I love to see his development. He is now 25, he’s becoming a man and he is one of the experienced boys in our team and his attitude has been spot on. When you have his talent the world is at your feet.” Four clean sheets for the first time under you. You’ve talked about foundation do you feel that is the main area of progress in this team? “You have to defend well to keep clean sheets in the Premier League . We have also scored more goals this season than last season so we are improving as an attacking team as well but the attitude of everyone doing the work that Kieran (McKenna) and Michael (Carrick) are doing, the work on the training ground and in the meeting rooms is absolutely spot on. The players listen, they look. We want to attack teams and attack them by defending by being high, we want to be on the front foot. It takes a lot of energy to do that but modern football requires that. I didn’t feel the need today to take them off because I felt every single one did a job defensively.”