The Red Devils were once again at the center of the mid-week Premier League action for the United Vs Burnley game as they held The Clarets to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford after lagging 2-0 till the 87th minute. United’s sizzling form may have faced an obstacle but to come back from 0-2 down and score 2 goals in the space of 5 minutes spoke volumes of the composure possessed by this team.
The Caretaker manager was very precise in pointing out the reasons that gave United a healthy scare. But, he also poured accolades on what was a brave display of football in the last few minutes of the United Vs Burnley fixture. This means that there are only 2 points separating United from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Solskjaer as always was at his humble best as he spoke to MUTV after the draw in the United Vs Burnley game.
ON THE COMEBACK FROM 0-2 TO 2-2:
“The way we came back was fantastic. We are happy with a point and we could have got three by the end. We just ran out of time and we started too late, with the urgency that we needed. That is a learning curve. But now you have your answer – can they come back if they go one down, or two down, even? So I am very happy with the response.”
“That’s Man United. We know we could have performed better in the first 60-70 minutes but, then again, the reaction was brilliant and, to get two goals after 87 minutes, that’s fantastic and that’s a testament to the character of everyone. Never give up. Never give up at this club.”
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ON GAME-PLAN EMPLOYED AGAINST BURNLEY:
“You have to find a way to break teams down and decision-making of course could have been better at times, because we know they’re strong. They wanted us to cross the ball, so when we started playing our way into the box I thought we looked dangerous. Juan made some good runs and with Ash down the side I think we created loads of almost chances. And then again, we got two in the end.”
ON HOW HE IS LEARNING AS HE PROGRESSES WITH HIS STINT AT UNITED:
“Rom [Romelu Lukaku] has done really well against Burnley before. He has scored and he is a handful. With Anthony [Martial] injured, we thought that was the best option with Rashy [Marcus Rashford] out there. Of course, he got a couple of chances but today wasn’t his day.”
“It’s a learning process every game we play and for me as well, learning about the players when we go one down, but we went two down and we still came back to get a point which was brilliant. Andreas [Pereira] will be better off for having this experience, no problem about that.”
ON THE SPIRIT SHOWN BY HIS TEAM DURING THE UNITED VS BURNLEY MATCH
“The passes didn’t have enough tempo on them. But I thought at times, in the first half, Juan [Mata] found some great positions. Of course, we didn’t create as many clear-cut chances but we had 75 percent of the possession so we just needed a little bit more tempo.”
“I thought we could have got the third as well. You never give up. That’s just the DNA here. Disappointed that we couldn’t get three points, but fantastically happy with the reaction after we went 2-0 down.”
ON TOM HEATON’S SAVES:
“I wonder who taught Tom Heaton to take his time like that! Tom played well, I have to say. He made some fantastic saves. Paul [Pogba] had a couple of shots there, so he’s a good lad and he deserves all the accolades he can get.”
ON HIS LEARNINGS AFTER THE UNITED VS BURNLEY DRAW
“Of course. As soon as you lose a game it’s, that’s hard you know, but we got a point. We need to learn from this. We’ve got to be able to handle not winning games as well and it’s on to Leicester now.”
“He [Martial] got a slight injury in training but hopefully he’ll be back for next weekend, But there was no chance he could play today so it was easy enough to put Romelu [Lukaku] on the pitch.”
One of the pleasant features of Solskjaer’s stint with the Red Devils has been the kind of trust he has shown in the players. After the departure of Alex Ferguson, he seems to be the most promising candidate to act as a father-figure to most of the players at the club.
Solskjaer has always been candid in his interviews and he continues to remain so even during his United Vs Burnley post-match press conference.
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