United 2 Villa 2: Ole's press conference
See what journalists asked the manager during his post-match press conference...
Q: Happy about the performance, disappointed, confused? OGS: In the first half it seemed like we couldn’t get to grips with going 1-0 down, but when you concede a goal at Old Trafford as early as that, you’ve got plenty of time to get back into the game. But I felt that we didn’t deal with that particularly well, and I felt we were lucky to go in at half-time with one each. The second half was good, we put pressure on them, created chances – yes, they had a decent chance at the back stick with Grealish – but we created loads of big ones and we should’ve won this game, but overall I don’t think we deserved to especially after the first half. Q: How do you assess the progress of the team now this season? OGS: We are a young team, and I don’t want to use that as an excuse because we’re Man United and we want to get a run – as soon as we get a run of three or four games together here now that’s what we need, that’s what these boys need now. We just have to make sure we do everything right now until Wednesday because it’s a quick turnaround. Q: Lindelof’s goal was the first headed league goal of 2019, how do you explain that? OGS: That’s part of the game that we have to improve on and we’ve had a few decent chances over the course of the season. But I was pleased with that goal, and we should’ve kept on to that lead of course, but when they get a corner straight away they are a very physical side, played a clever corner and we just couldn’t, as a team, get up and play him offside. Q: Is the Rashford goal an own goal? OGS: I’ve not seen it on the video. I’ll watch the video but I don’t understand why that’s not a Rashford goal, but what do I know about goals? Q: What do you say to people who question that we’re 9th after 14 games? OGS: I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we got that one goal extra. The league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it’s so tight. I just need to make sure that we get performances, and get three or four performances after each other, and results. What I can say is that so far we’ve had the lead in so many games and we haven’t been able to win those games. It’s six or seven times I’m sure that we’ve been 1-0 up or 2-1 up like today or 3-2 like last week and we should be better at seeing those games out into wins. Q: Since you got the job, 6 wins in 22. What makes you confident that you go on a run? There’s no evidence? OGS: I think there’s loads of evidence that these boys are closer to winning games than losing games, and to tip the margins in our favour, of course, we have to work on different things. Today, the first half wasn’t good enough. We’re disappointed in that because all the boys stayed here while the young boys and us went over to Kazakhstan so we should’ve been coming out of the traps quicker and the first half wasn’t good enough. The second half was what we want to see. Q: Andreas getting stick – is he being played out of necessity? OGS: Andreas is improving all the time, he’s a young boy that’s working hard every single day to improve his game and he’s played quite a few games this year and he found, more or less, his position earlier on in the season. He’s an attacking midfielder, and when you lack your three more experienced [midfielders], Nemanja [Matic], Paul [Pogba] and Scott [McTominay], Andreas has to cover that role and he’s doing a job for the team. Q: Why can’t we see out leads? Lack of experience, composure? OGS: Probably a few things. Experience, yes, we are a young team – probably the youngest team in the league – and that’s not an excuse for us to not see games out and for not winning games we are winning because we’ve put ourselves in that position as well, to win games. What we want to see then is to get a two-goal lead and three-goal lead, so we’re disappointed today that we conceded straight away after getting the lead and the game became more end-to-end than it should’ve been because if you can control the game you can control the tempo, and we weren’t able to. Q: Are you missing a centre-forward to get goals regularly? OGS: Today we created chances to be stood there, three yards from goal to just tap it in. Dan [James] created some chances down the right and Juan [Mata] created a decent one as well. I’ve said it a few times, we’ve got players to score worldies but get yourself those four or five extra goals a season – it’ll give us points, it’ll give them confidence but we’re working on this, it’s not like they stand outside the box because they think the ball isn’t coming. But there could’ve been a few tap-ins today for some of the boys. Q: Huge praise for Grealish’s goal – what did you think? Lacking a player like that? OGS: I can’t talk too much about other team’s players, or if they’re Man United calibre or targets, but it was a fantastic goal. He hit one of those corners that I’ve hit a couple of times, so it was a great finish but then again we should’ve defended better and shown him down the left, but what a goal and he played a good game. Q: Any update on Pogba or McTominay in terms of Weds? OGS: We’ve still got two days, we need to look at everyone here as well. We’ve only got two days but let’s see, hopefully we can see one of them on the pitch, they’re working hard behind the scenes.