Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of smiles in his post-match interview today saying he was ‘delighted’ with the result.
Mason Greenwood got a special mention after a standout performance today which saw him bag a true striker’s goal.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ole was full of praise for the teenager, calling him ‘the best’, and even admitted that Greenwood could be outwitting the ‘baby-faced assassin’, by saying he thought he was going to go for the far post instead of his low drive to the bottom right corner.
“He’s top. I was thinking maybe curl it far post, but he went near post. He’s got all the finishes, Mason.
“He had a long night Thursday, worked really hard today and we thought maybe to take him off at half-time, because he needs some rest, the boy. But he showed what he can do. The best.”
Today’s win ‘massive result’ for United
The United boss bemoaned the congested fixture list his side have been handed for the rest of the month, adding that ‘this game was always going to be difficult when you’re coming back from Europe’. Ole said they didn’t back from Rome until Friday at 5am.
When asked about conceding the first goal in the game today, Ole said; “I can’t blame them [the players], the advantage of being fresh going into a game like this is quite high.”
With a very busy few weeks coming up for Manchester United, Ole called today’s result ‘massive’ saying that ‘it takes a little bit of the pressure away’.
The boss added: “We can just go into the next one confident, go and enjoy it, we know it’s going to be hard and going to be a physical test this next three days but we’re going to make the most of it.”
Harry Maguire could be ruled out of next game
And with that congested fixture list will come concern for skipper Harry Maguire, who was replaced by Eric Bailly in the 78th minute following a challenge with Villa midfielder Anwar El-Ghazi.
Ole said “It was his calf or lower leg. I think the player landed on him and he twisted something.”
There is even concern that Maguire might not make the Europa League final.
“Hopefully that [the final] will be okay with Harry,” the boss said. “I don’t know. we need to check it. It might be a few weeks or a month – we don’t know.”
The injury also means Maguire could lose his record of playing every minute of Premier League football for United since he joined the club.
“Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of, the minutes he’s played,” said Ole. “His fitness is very good – he’s robust. But, today, it looked like the boy landed on him and he twisted his ankle. I don’t know how serious it is. He might be available Tuesday, he might not.”
Ole hints at Edinson Cavani’s future
Edinson Cavani came off the bench and did what he does best today – grabbing goals.
He made a trademark dash across the box to meet a beautiful cross from Marcus Rashford and nod the ball down into the back of the net.
There has been plenty of discussion about Cavani’s future with a strong desire from the club and its fans to keep hold of the prolific Uruguayan.
In his post-match interview, Ole made mention of Cavani’s quality and his hopes of holding onto him for next season.
Ole said: “His movement, his desire to score goals… we’re getting to learn Edinson as well and hopefully we can use him more next season.”
Mike Phelan tells players to ‘get to bed’
Assistant manager Mike Phelan enjoyed that win today but had one eye on the upcoming fixtures, telling players to ‘get to bed’.
The former United midfielder took to Twitter to praise the lads on a hard-won victory, celebrating being ‘back to winning ways’ after the loss in Rome midweek.
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