Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises his players for their fighting spirit against Brighton & Hove Albion
The slow start for Manchester United’s 2020/21 season lingered on Saturday’s game against Brighton but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side fought till the end.
Accordingly the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised his players for the fighting spirit shown against Brighton & Hove Albion, after the Reds dramatically won 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.
Neal Maupay put the hosts in front from the penalty spot on 40 minutes and United equalised almost straight away, via an own goal from Lewis Dunk, which was first attributed to Harry Maguire.
Marcus Rashford then put us 2-1 up midway through the second half but, frustratingly, it looked like three points had been taken away when Solly March levelled in the 95th minute.
In a remarkable conclusion, VAR awarded United a penalty after Maguire’s header struck the hand of Maupay and Bruno Fernandes duly scored to clinch an unpredictable victory on the south coast.
While Solskajer was not pleased with United’s overall performance, the manager was delighted by the never-say-die attitude on display and commended his players for fighting until the very end…
Here’s our interview with the boss…
Ole, we thought the end to PSG was dramatic, but it was nothing compared to this…
“The consequences of the PSG were maybe more severe but, at this point of the season, it’s vital for us to get three points. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve won a game at the end, maybe towards the PSG game? Last season, we had so many draws. Was it 12 or something? I can’t remember how many, but we didn’t win late on in games like we used to do at this club. It’s a part of the history of this club, so I’m very happy and pleased with that.”
It was a rollercoaster of emotions though, because when that goal goes in for 2-2, we’re all flattened by that, aren’t we?
“Of course, they’ve dug in, they worked hard. We know we’re not fit yet. You can see they’re fitter than us. They are one of the fittest teams in the league, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game physically because we’re not there yet. We’ll get there but the reaction was brilliant to both goals. We didn’t play before the first goal and that’s something we need to address. The reaction to the last one as well was great.”
Bruno is fantastic from the spot. He had so long to think about it but you’d never have known…
“He’s very strong mentally. That’s a big part of being a penalty-taker. Goalkeepers and penalty-takers need to keep their focus and concentration and be mentally strong. Bruno has got one of the strongest mentalities I’ve come across.”
It was a great strike from Marcus as well…
“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack we had, with a great cross from Mason [Greenwood]. We did see some moments that we didn’t see last week. We’re getting a little bit better but I think we need to admit sometimes you get away with one, and today we probably didn’t deserve more than one point.”
Were you concerned by the number of chances they ended up having?
“Of course you are. We need to stop crosses better. We need to block off in the box better, of course [they hit the] crossbar a few times. David [De Gea] had most under control but they did create chances and, with better finishing ,they would have had three points.”
You come back here on Wednesday, it’s not going to be like that is it?
“I wouldn’t mind, however we win in the cup. You just want to go through. We’re looking forward to Wednesday again.”