Leicester 0 United 2: Ole's press conference
Watch the manager's post-match press conference for his thoughts on proving critics wrong...
Q: How significant a job by staff to get to third? It’s been a massive achievement by the players and the staff. The staff, they are incredible. I did have a chat with everyone this morning on no matter what happened today we’ve come so far as a team. We’re building a culture and very proud of all their efforts and pleased with their efforts because to win this game was massive mentally for them as well after losing two semi-finals this year. Q: Plan now? First of all the season, next season with Champions League instead of Europa League will be different, because we want to more up the league table. So we can’t take our eye off the league and rest players in the Europa League, so there will be more demands on the players. They’ll have to work hard over the summer. Of course we’ve got Europe that will be a foundation as, but next season will be even more testing and challenging for them. If you play the top teams in the Champions League, you’ve got to get used to playing 45/50 games for this club every season if we are to be successful. Q: Proven this season people wrong, couldn’t have expected higher than third? It didn’t seem like you were expecting that because all the predictions were for about sixth or seventh, so that’s alright. Q: Done enough to prove that you’re the man to take United back to the top? It’s a massive challenge, but I’m not the one to answer that. I believe in what I do, believe in what I, how I’ve been doing. We all have different ideas on management of how we go about things and I do it my way and I think that’s the only way I can do it. I have a fantastic staff, the players have brought into this, the personalities out there have taken on board what we’ve been doing. I’m not going to say I’m not the man of course, because I’m in the job. I believe in what I’m going. Q: Bruno key to getting CL? We have to admit that he’s come in and been a massive influence, he’s made a massive impact, he’s been fantastic – scoring goals, creating goals, but also his enthusiasm and mentality around the place has helped. Maybe today you can see a tired Bruno and that’s natural because he’s played too much. You can see his passion, he’s moaning a little bit here and there, so we’ll have to take that away from him sometimes. But he’s stepped up, calm as you like and slotted away the penalty. Q: Defensive improvement this season take you to next level? Any team’s foundation is built from the back and we’ve got, I think that’s our 21st clean sheet. David made a record today with 113 clean sheets for the club, so of course we have to be able to have a stability from the back to play and we can release the talent. You know, Marcus, Anthony, Mason, all the players up front, they’ve not had the pressure of having to score three, four, five goals because we’ve kept a good goal lately. Q: Nice to prove the critics wrong? I’ve always been made that way. If I’m getting criticised that makes me just stronger and make me believe more in what I’m doing. Please don’t praise me too much, because you can be complacent. That’s just the way I’m made, but I didn’t know until a few days ago because I was just reading through them [the predictions], just me and the some of the staff and just discussing. I think third with this team and this squad, where we’ve been with the rebuild, has been a massive achievement by everyone. Q: Bruno, example what can happen if you get transfers right? Also your eye for picking a player? I believe in, of course I need to go and watch him myself. I’ve always known, I’ve seen him on telly and that stuff. When I went to see him live he was expectational in his enthusiasm, the way he wanted to win, winning mentality. That was fantastic when I was him, but I have to go back to all the chief scouts. The scouting network has been really good, so it’s not like I can just pick someone and if five of them say no, then I’ll force things through. It’s a team effort there as well. Of course Bruno has come in and been fantastic for us.