Tottenham v United: Watch Ole's press conference
Watch what the boss says about racism in football, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and more in his press conference...
Q: Clubs taking a stand against racism on social media, is that progress? “We’re making progress as in it’s the awareness, it’s been raised and I think loads of clubs and ourselves included want to work with all the social media companies to get rid of it. I respect other club’s and other player’s and other manager’s decisions to do whatever they do – if it’s boycotting or shutting down their own accounts. But for me I think it’s important that we work together with them, that we find a way out of this once and for all.” Q: Team news, Dean on Sunday? “We’ll pick a team probably, I don’t think I will until morning to be honest because it will be difficult to prepare. We’ll have to stay over here, fly back tomorrow and Saturday will just be a day of recovery and see how the bodies feel. So I don’t know until then, but I hope both Luke and Marcus will be ready after tonight, yeah.” Q: When United went from 6th to 2nd you said United shouldn’t be happy with that – thought now you’re in the job? “We should never settle for second place at Man United and we’ll never settle for a second place and I think that’s the point here – that we have seen the heights and we know what this club is capable of. For me I’ve been here now a little while myself and it’s taken time for us to be in this position and hopefully we can be better next season because this is below our ambitions.” Q: How much did the home game against Spurs hurt? Is that a motivation? “Yeah I think the players will remember that game with a lot of pain and their pride has been hurt. Our professional pride has been hurt, the manner we lost is not ourselves and our team worthy and we know that and we gave ourselves a difficult game by having 10 men. Pre-season was short and we weren’t up to the standard required, but we were so poor and I’m pretty, pretty sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove that we’re better than that.” Q: What was the feeling after that match and what improvements have been made? “We the biggest thing that we’ve improved on is our fitness levels, because we were way short of what they were at. It was our third game, was it? Third game and we didn’t look anything like and we got conned into a red card and that’s something that we have to be aware of. That we can’t react like this, because we know that in games there’ll be situations that you’ll be wound up and we’ve learnt a lot from that and I’m sure we’ll have a better performance this time round.” Q: Marcus, concerns about his fitness for Euros? Does he need break? “I don’t think you need to be concerned about his fitness. Of course, baring any injury. No, his fitness is really good. He’s an athletic boy, he’s a fit boy, strong boy, you can see tonight when he goes into headers and challenges he can look after himself. But at one point of course you hope to get to a position where he doesn’t have to play every game every minute and the moment of course we have to take him off because his foot is a little bit sore. So hopefully that’ll improve as the season goes on because I think he was better tonight than he was on Sunday.” Q: How worried about Kane’s form, something need to talk about with defenders? “Yeah, of course it is. When you play against one of the best centre forwards in European football of course it is something that we prepare for and I think every team when they play Tottenham or England you know Harry Kane’s qualities, but we prepare the defenders for every single opposition and opponent. You know the season that Son and Kane have had, the relationship they’ve had. Of course that’s one of Tottenham’s strengths and they’ve got other quality players as well that we have to be aware of.” Q: Discussions with Edison about next season? “I’ve kept in touch with Edi and of course we keep and open dialogue He’s still unsure what he wants to do next season which I find fine. It’s not been an easy year either for him or the rest of the world this season so he still wants to time to make his mind up.” Q: More Edinson… “Yeah I’m very sure that we will get a good Edinson for the rest of the season. He knows that this is the business end of the season where we fight for the Europa League trophy and we can see the end line in the league, only eight games left and you’re thinking about where you’re going to end up. He’s been so positive in and around the place, he’s been great to have, he’s been working hard now obviously to get fit and we’ve got him and now hopefully we can keep him fit the next six, seven weeks.” Ends.