United 1 Inter 0: Ole's press conference
See what the boss had to say in this video from his post-match media briefing...
Q: Ole, I know he’s still only 17, but when Mason plays as well as he did tonight and takes his goal, is that position on the right becoming his to lose now? OGS: The kid’s only 17 as you say and he’s learning every day. Training with these boys now, he’s been with us the last few months and he’s grown in confidence, grown in stature and as I’ve said before when you’ve got players who perform it’s difficult to keep them out. But we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground with him as well because we know he’s only 17 and there’ll be ups and downs. But at the moment he’s enjoying his football. Q: Ole how did you think Axel did today and how’s he been doing on the tour? Are you any closer to making your mind up about whether he’s got a future at Manchester United or whether he’ll go out on loan? OGS: He’s got a future at Man United, of course he has. Today was a test for him, playing against different opposition. I knew - against Leeds - we know he can play at that level, that’s why he didn’t play against Leeds. Now he’s shown today that he’s very capable at this level. Axel’s going to be the future of this club. Q: Your new full-back Wan-Bissaka – today he played very well. Do you think Manchester United need a defender like Harry Maguire to rebuild your defence? OGS: We’re building a team and, as you say, Wan-Bissaka did really well again today. He’s hard to go past and he’s going forward as well. So I’m very pleased with his performance and the team’s performance. We’ve had three games now and we’ve not conceded any goals, so we’re looking strong as a defensive unit. Q: Also on Wan-Bissaka, how pleased are you that he’s a Man United player? OGS: Very, of course. You see the confidence growing in him as well. He’s now been here two weeks and he’s already made an impact on the squad, on the supporters. Of course, he’s got things to learn, the kid’s only 21 still but he’s got a great chance to have a long career ahead of him – a long, good career.” Q: Ole, your players got some treatment tonight and they took it well. The way you’re going to play football next season with pace and with youth are they going to have to expect that in the Premier League or are you going to look for protection – there was a lot of physicality out there for a pre-season game. OGS: Yeah, but you want competitive games. Of course, you don’t expect anything different. In pre-season games, when it’s 0-0 it might be OK but when one team is leading the other team you never want to lose. So, Juan got a few tackles, Tahith got a few tackles and Dan James but we are here to prepare for the season and that’s preparing for the season. The game was really competitive. Q: Did you enjoy the attacking approach that United played today? OGS: Yeah, I think so. I think the mindset was really good. We were on the front foot, pressing when we can. High energy, intensity. First half maybe because of all the pressing we did we lacked a little quality in the last third – the last finish, the last pass, maybe. But when the second XI came on they even upped the level and it was great to see, we could have had two or three more goals to be fair. Q: Did sending Mason out on loan for the season ever come into your thinking? OGS: No, Mason’s never been on my mind to send out on loan. He’s one that we have to keep at our place, keep him and play him when we feel it’s good for him. At the moment he’s flying. He reminds me a little bit about the Giggsy story, you can’t really send him on loan and for me he’s ready to be in this squad. Q: Can you tell us the latest on Lukaku’s fitness and at what point does his lack of games become a concern for the start of the season if he’s still with you? OGS: If you’re a player and you don’t manage to train for a week – and he’s missed three games now – of course, he’ll be concerned. He’s working to get back on the pitch and let’s see how long that takes. [It’s] his ankle. Q: After the last three games and the strikers’ performances, do you still miss Lukaku’s ability and do you have any expectations for the next coming China tour? OGS: I think we have done really well without Romelu. But of course, Romelu we all know he’s one of the top, top strikers in the world, number nines. We’ve played a different way maybe with Anthony, Marcus, Mason so as a coach you adapt to the players that are available. Yeah and China tour, we’re looking forward to the game against Tottenham of course, let’s see who is available for that game. Q: What did you make to the reception of Ashley Young? We were quite taken aback at the reaction so I just wanted to know what your thoughts were. OGS: I think Ashley’s a top professional. He always gives absolutely everything and his delivery today, it ended up with a goal. Of course, we want our fans to support our players and Ash has been a very loyal servant to this club for many, many years and he’ll keep on performing when he plays. Q: Did you speak to him? Because it was quite audible, the booing. OGS: No, I’ve not – they had to do running after the game, he’s probably finished with his running now so I’ll have a chat with him, yes. But I don’t think he’ll get affected. Q: It seems to have become public knowledge that Inter have had a £54m bid for Lukaku turned down. At the same time, it doesn’t appear that you’re prepared to meet the Leicester asking price for Harry Maguire. Can you tell me what your understanding of those situations are and how long can you allow them to continue before you say ‘right, stop? Because I need to know who’s going to be here and who’s not’? OGS: Of course, you want to have your team settled as early as possible. As I said here, whoever’s available we work with them and we work to get them performing. We work them in training and let’s see eighth or ninth August who’s here and who’s not. Q: We saw really intense pressuring from the top of the pitch. Is that reflective of the style you intend to implement this season? In terms of fitness, where do you think the team is in terms of being able to implement this football? OGS: We’re getting better and better, definitely. We’ve had three weeks pre-season now and we’ve been working on intensity in training and the pressing. We’ve got players who like to press on the front foot. I don’t know how many times Jesse won the ball for us today but he’s one of the best ones in that pressing football and Marcus is also very good at it. You can see Anthony working hard and winning a few balls for us as well. So it’s been very encouraging and that’s the way we hope to continue. Q: How did you feel about the support by the Singapore fans? It felt like Old Trafford today! OGS: Today was Old Trafford, for sure! It felt like we were at home and the supporters have been amazing when we have been here in training yesterday and today. The atmosphere was unbelievable for the players. I think the new boys – Dan, Aaron and the young boys travelling on tour – they see how many fans we have, so it’s our duty to try to play football that the fans are happy with and it seemed like they were happy today.