Ole: That game shows our improvement
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt superior fitness was a big reason behind our late surge against Burnley…
“Of course it is (progress). We have improved and we have been better at winning games towards the end of games. Our fitness now, with all the games we’ve had, the boys are capable of churning out 90 minutes and the fitter you are the more you can do I have always said that. The harder you train and the harder you play the more ready you are. That's the pleasure I get from winning games like this because last season we didn’t have them but this season we have done that loads and that is down the training ground and the attitude of the players. "The match fitness is there coming from all the games we have had this season but I also think the pre-season we had in 2019, two years ago, that was the benchmark, that was the signal to the boys that this is how we are going to play, this is how we are going to build you up, the intensity has to improve, the fitness has to improve and if you look at the stats over the last two years we have really improved on that and of course confidence comes as well. with results and the belief we can do this. We have done this so many times this season coming towards the end and winning games. Southampton, for example. That is the best example with 2-0 down and scoring at the end and today again.” Mason? “He’s a good goalscorer, we know that. I thought the goal he scored against Tottenham shows that he’s worked on his game because he can go inside and outside and score so he went outside, today he goes inside and scores. It must be a nightmare to defend against because he can go in or out, and go to his left or right. So happy for him because he has put down a shift on the training ground." No teenager more PL goals than Mason? "He’ll get more before he gets to 20, don’t worry about that!" Table – gap to City "At least they can’t lift the trophy already. We just have to keep on winning our games and see what they do." No midweek game – what will you do? "Don’t know! It’s so strange. It’s the first time since before Project Restart. It’s a strange feeling. Of course, it’ll be a little bit of downtime and we’ll be ready to go. We’ll need it, because it’ll be Leeds and that’s a physical test as well."