Ole's post-match interview
The boss talks to club media after our penalty shootout defeat...
Ole, many commiserations. A horrible one to lose. That must be really difficult to take?
“Yeah, of course, it’s very, very disappointing. It’s hard. There’s lots of disappointment in the dressing room, but in a penalty shootout anything can happen. You know, I thought the penalties were really of a high standard, so I can’t fault the focus."
It was an extraordinary penalty shootout. How is David after that?
“Well, of course, disappointed as are all of us. But that’s football. Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes it doesn’t work for you. I’m sure he’ll survive this one."
When Edinson equalised so early in the second half, were you confident then that United were going to go on and win it?
“Confident… Yeah, I always believe in our players. I thought we did what we needed to, we pushed on for about five-ten minutes. Then, when the goal didn’t come, we couldn’t kick on to the next level. To be honest, I felt we probably more and more dropped off as the game wore on."
A 61-game season, you went deep into just about every competition. But does the way you lost it tonight deepen the determination to come back again next year?
“You've got to be strong. You've got to learn from failure. You've got to learn from disappointment, because it’s a lesson. It’s a lesson that we’re not still where we want to be. We’re still not at the quality we want to be. We go away now. Some have the Euros, some have the holidays. The one thing that’s definite is that everyone has to come back with a desire to improve and I’m sure they will have this feeling for a couple of days and come back stronger.”