United 3 Partizan 0: Ole's press conference
The manager spoke about our fluid front play, McTominay's injury and qualification...
Q: Your three strikers scored tonight. How do you rate their performances? I’m very happy. That’s why we played the three of them as well. We felt if we played a good team we could create chances and had the players out there to take them. I’m very pleased with all the finishes. All three goals were high class. Of course, we should have had quite a few more as well. But the first one settled us down. Mason showed great composure - the keeper was going the wrong way so he just changed his mind. I’m very happy with that one. Anthony’s was probably the best bit of skill of the night. Marcus, I’m very pleased that he scored with his left foot. He’ll need more goals with his left foot because he comes into that position quite often and he can go both inside and outside the full-back, so I was very pleased with that. Q: Marcus could have had five or six tonight, couldn’t he? Yeah, he got into some great positions. I think he made some great runs. There were some great passes to play him though and then the finish. The keeper made a couple of saves and sometimes he didn’t hit the target. But I think the goal he scored will give him loads of confidence. Q: With a long trip to Kazakhstan in the next game, was that in the back of your mind? You obviously fielded a strong team here even though you said quite a few of the players have played a lot of football lately… Yeah defiantly. We wanted to get through as quick as we can and that long trip to Kazakhstan isn’t one that you want to travel to ‘thinking we need a result here’. It might be a possibility to rest a few for that trip now and be ready for a tough week after that game. We have Villa, Spurs and City in a week and they’re very important. Q: When you see your team play with that attacking fluency, does it not make you frustrated that your team can’t do that on a regular occurrence? This is a little bit of a template on how we want to play, definitely. But, of course, it’s the opposition that allow you to play that way as well. No disrespect to Partizan but they gave us spaces. Of course, when we scored the first goal they went forward, but that was pleasing for me that we went forward and needed the second and the third. Too many times we’ve been 1-0 up and not got the second. But these boys are learning and tonight will give them loads of pointers on how to play and how we play when we’re playing well, even though the opposition isn’t the same as the Premier League. It was still good principles. Q: How’s Scott? I don’t know. It didn’t look too good. He said he was going to be ok out on the pitch and he said ‘I’ll be fine’. He’s tough, but he had to come off. But I hope he’ll recover for Sunday, but I don’t know. Q: What was it? Inside of his ankle. I think he went over on his ankle. Q: Were you impressed with the way you defended? Marcos Rojo in particular hasn’t had that many chances but every time he seems to impress… I thought he was excellent tonight. I think he’s been excellent since he started pre-season. He’s played more than he maybe expected. That’s why he’s still here and he’s a top-quality footballer. He’s a winner, good mentality, he can pass, he can defend. It’s now about keeping him fit and he’s been fit for a long time. You can see his qualities. Q: There was maybe a suggestion that he could move in January, but I presume from the way you are talking there he’s going to stay? He’s got such a big heart and such a passion for football, and he’s a winner. To have him around when he’s fit and in a good mood, it’s been great for us. The boys love him and he spreads sometimes fear in training because he tackles properly. He’s one of the ones who really cares about the game. Q: With him and Maguire, they swapped over, the centre-backs. Could you see that happening in the Premier League? It can be. Of course, I couldn’t play Harry on the left and Marcus on the right tonight. Victor was injured so it was there for Marcos. Axel is injured and I think Marcos has taken his opportunities every time he’s played. Against Liverpool he was fantastic. He wasn’t happy he didn’t play against Bournemouth, but he played well tonight.