Ole's press conference
Injured strikers and missed chances were just two of the topics covered in Ole's post-match media briefing...
Q: What are you most disappointed with today? "The result. Of course, when you lose a game you’re disappointed. It’s a game that could have gone both ways as you expect away from home in the Premier League." Q:Mourinho said on Sky Sports that he sees no improvement from last season, what do you think of that? "Well, I think he has got a right to an opinion and of course we lost there last year. Its always a difficult ground to go and we hope to do better than we did. We hope for better, but in the key moments they grasped it and we didn’t. They had two fantastic finishes from two left feet and we didn’t take our chances when we had them." Q: Is there any news on Marcus Rashford? "No. We’ve got a scan tomorrow. He felt his groin, so he’ll probably be out for a little while. I can update you later on." Q: You said you came into the season a striker light and then you lost a striker for half an hour. How difficult does that make your job? "We’ve had, historically, loads of centre-backs who have struggled with injuries. We’ve come down here and Michael Carrick has played centre-back and Darren Fletcher has. At the moment it’s strikers, that’s just how it’s gone. Hopefully, Mason and Anthony will be back for Arsenal and at least one for Rochdale.” Q: After Marcus Rashford’s injury do you understand people who question the decision to sell Alexis Sanchez? "We made a decision on that and I still think it was the best one for us and Alexis and we agreed on that one." Q: Ole, did you do enough to open West Ham up today? Did you think there was enough pace and precision in the attacks? "No, we didn’t create enough chances, but we did create big chances that we didn’t take. They didn’t create too many either and it’s a game that could have gone both ways. When you have Marcus and Dan James I don’t think pace is the problem." Q: What were the big moments you particularly regret? "We had a few in the first half that we turned down a key pass but the two chances we had in the second half are the chances that if we had again I’m sure we’d score more than we miss." Q: You said you created more chances in the first than the second - what was your message at half-time? They were out considerably earlier than West Ham, did you send them out early? "It’s a good group to work with. They’re determined. Sometimes along the road you’ll hit some bumps, as we’ve said. Some highs and lows. This group are out there and are determined. They showed they wanted to get out. It was a good atmosphere in the dressing room and they’ve got the focus right.” Q: What did you think of Noble’s tackle on Wan-Bissaka? "Well, for me, it was right in front of me. I don’t know how badly he caught him so the video assistant probably had it right. But I thought it was quite a straight leg." Q: Ole were they doing what you wanted out there today? “Yeah. This group, they want to do what we’re trying to do and working on in training. There are key moments in games that can tip it in your favour compared to theirs’. It can be a bad pass, but the attitude and the desire is there. That’s not the problem, it’s the quality of our decision making and sometimes in the execution."