Ole: The wives and girlfriends aren’t happy!
In our interview, the boss jokes how a change in our preparation might have upset the players’ partners…
It’s the same team that beat Newcastle – can you tell us your thinking? “Sometimes you need to reward good performances. Of course, Tuesday night in Paris was a good performance, but we felt this team could kick on and give us a good foothold in the game, and cause some problems for the opposition. So we decided to go with that.” How much of a headache is it to have so many good options? “I would rather have that than scratching around and having no players. So, to disappoint a few players once in a while is better to play players when they are not ready.” You said you might think about changing our preparations for home games, so did you change it? “Yeah we did, we stayed in the hotel and I am pretty sure the wives and girlfriends are not happy with me, but we want to stay together as a group. Away at Newcastle and away at Paris, the atmosphere has been good and people tend to forget that it's different now building a team. One of the strengths at United, always, is that we're a family and we're close together. We've been at the training ground and the atmosphere is good. Everyone knows now that we don't share dressing rooms and we can't have meetings for as long, so it is a chance to at least have 15 minutes eating together and we felt that was the right way to go tonight. I promise to the wives and girlfriends that we'll try to change that when it's needed.”