David De Gea and Mason Greenwood were praised for their 'special' contributions after a smash and grab job against Wolves last night by Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He admitted his team wasn't at their best for large parts of the match, but despite that, he was happy with the win in front of raucous home fans.
With United's win, they set the record for the longest unbeaten away run in English Football League history at 28 games, beating Arsenal's mark from April 2003 to September 2004.
“We’re happy. Great result. Both could have won it. Of course, we were under pressure for a spell but we had most of the possession I reckon. It was not the prettiest game but it was a game for everyone to watch. There’s was excitement in both boxes. The crowd was there, with some passion. Finally we’ve got our game back.”
“They had maybe a little bit more than us. We didn’t create too much today but then we’ve got a good goalkeeper as well. David has found his determination, desire and he’s come back with loads of energy. You can see that in him, in the work he’s doing every single day. The second save [from Saiss] from that corner is special. That’s not just hit him. It’s reaction and he’s had a strong arm to it,” said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last time out at Southampton, Manchester United were on the wrong end of a refereeing decision that saw Southampton take the lead. Today, however, the boss was happy his team were on the right side of what could have been a foul by Paul Pogba in the build-up to the match-winning goal.
“This week I’m happy. That’s the nature of being a manager. Last week [at Southampton] we were told they wanted to keep the game flowing. Today they kept the game flowing and I think it was a fair challenge [by Pogba on Neves]. I said we’ve got to be careful not to make the basketball game that we had last year – everyone could fall over and it was a free-kick – but to make sure we don’t get into rugby. We have to look after the players. I thought the refereeing has been good over three weeks. I watch Match of the Day, you watch some of the full games and they’ve been told to keep it more lenient and flowing. When it goes against you, you’ll moan just for a little bit and then you’ll move on. When it goes for you, you’re happy and you don’t want to talk about it too much.”
The Premier League now goes on hiatus for the international break, after which Solskjaer hopes to have the talismanic Ronaldo in his line-up.
“Cristiano has evolved as a player. He used to play wide right, wide left, up front but he’s more of a centre forward for me at the moment, definitely. There will be games we play with two up front or three up front but I want him in the box, I want him scoring goals.”
“That’s football for you. Sometimes it happens. We’ve always been watching Cristiano. The one day he was going to move, we’d be interested. We never thought he was going to leave Juventus this season but when we did we had to speak to him, of course. Everyone that cares for Man United wanted this to happen and everyone played a part. But the biggest thing is that Cristiano wanted to come here,” concluded Solskjaer.
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