The Manchester United boss states his team have a “fantastic opportunity” to qualify for the Champions League.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pleased to be heading into the season ending at top-four competitors Leicester with a “fantastic opportunity” to qualify for the Champions League
While well short of some of the screens they have actually put in after the coronavirus suspension, teenage star Mason Greenwood scored as United originated from behind to draw 1-1 against West Ham on Wednesday.
Paul Pogba’s humiliating handball enabled Michail Antonio to provide David Moyes‘ visitors a surprise half- time lead, however the 18- year-old’s newest strike secured a point which might critical in the final shake-up.
Solskjaer’s side moved into the top-four for the first time since mid-September thanks to a draw that indicates United will qualify for the Champions League if they prevent defeat at Leicester on Sunday.
“Well, going into half-time we knew that’s not the result we wanted and a draw or a 1-0 win or a 2-0 win was more or less the same outcome for us,” Solskjaer stated.
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” Then we have the exact same starting point on Sunday.
” You can’t anticipate to turn and go teams over and score 3 or 5 like we did to have a different situation for Sunday.
” When we started after the lockdown, we needed to go for it. We truly needed to go for it– we needed to go for goal distinction, we needed to go for points.
” The effort has been wonderful and the results have actually been wonderful.
” Obviously, you ‘d like to win against Southampton, you yield in the last second, and here today you yield a penalty in the last second of the first half.
“But we’ve given ourselves a fantastic opportunity and a great starting point for Sunday.”
Greenwood was the key man on Wednesday night, taking his tally to 17 in all competitions to go level with George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney in terms of single season goal tallies for teenage United players.
“He’s bailed us out a few times and he’s done it again,” Solskjaer stated.
” He’s been definitely leading class ever since we provided him a chance.
” I think Cardiff in the last game of last season was his first start and he was our best player because game and he’s grown and grown in self-confidence and belief.
“He trusts himself that his talent, his qualities, attributes, they actually work at the highest level.”
Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, right, got the equaliser (PA)
Greenwood’s goal conserved Pogba’s blushes in specific. The midfielder put his hands in front of his face when obstructing an effective shot from Declan Rice and saw Antonio put away the penalty granted by the video assistant referee.
“It’s a natural reaction,” Solskjaer stated. “Paul’s held his hand up in understanding that he must have taken it in the mush rather.
“But it’s a natural reaction if that ball comes flying at you at 100mph. It wouldn’t have made a difference anyway.”
While Solskjaer’s side have a lot riding on the final day, former United manager David Moyes can rest simple.
David Moyes had a rewarding go back to Old Trafford (PA)
Already boasting a remarkable goal distinction, the point indicates that West Ham are ensured of another season in the Premier League.
“Before today’s game, I think it would have taken a pretty big total for other teams to catch the goal difference and get the points,” Moyes stated.
” However the mathematics didn’t make it safe and luckily today the players put in a great task, played truly well.
“I think we thoroughly deserved a point today.”