Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United believe they can beat ‘anyone anywhere’ after Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp winner against Wolves but insists they aren’t in a title race yet despite moving second
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have the belief to beat ‘anyone anywhere’ after going second in the Premier League with victory over Wolves last night.
Solskjaer maintained that it is too early to talk about United as title contenders after just 15 games of the season, but Marcus Rashford’s injury-time winner sent them into 2021 on a high.
‘This result is massive for the attitude,’ said the United manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have the belief to beat ‘anyone anywhere’
Marcus Rashford’s injury-time winner vs Wolves sent them to second in the Premier League
‘We are a different outfit now, better mentally and physically. That belief has come through performances and results and players that we have on the pitch that can change games in a second.
‘You get that by personalities and recruitment of course. We have added that spark I think but also when you get results and things are going your way that helps.
‘We brought it up early in pre-season the need to add more points on the board towards the end of games. That’s something we do as a club done that quite a few times this season.
‘The belief is there they think we can win against anyone, anywhere.’
Solskjaer was reluctant to be drawn on United’s chances of winning the league title
However, Solskjaer was reluctant to be drawn on United’s chances of winning the title for the first time in eight years.
‘There’s no title race after 15 games,’ he added. ‘You can lose the chance of being in the race in the first 10 games, of course, but we can start talking about it when we get to March and April.’
Solskjaer expressed sympathy for Wolves who had a quick turnaround after playing Tottenham on Sunday and had to put out a young team.
‘I feel a bit for Wolverhampton,’ he said. ‘They’ve only had one recovery day and that isn’t right. Players deserve at least two days in between I think it showed towards the end.
‘We’ve struggled against them in the past. We’ve played them seven times and this is the first win in the league for me. So it’s a big step forward.’
Solskjaer expressed sympathy for Wolves who had a quick turnaround after playing Tottenham
Matchwinner Marcus Rashford noted that Rayan Ait-Nouri had been treated for cramp before taking on the young Wolves defender and scoring the injury-time goal.
‘The full-back had cramp a few minutes before,’ said Rashford. ‘So I just had it in my head I wanted to go at him and make him chop and turn and just see if I could make something happen. Thankfully in the end we got a deflection.
‘It probably wasn’t the most beautiful but we will take what we can get and move on.’
However, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo wasn’t looking for sympathy.
‘This is football and a learning process,’ he said. ‘It’s cruel in the moment but you can’t stay feeling sorry. You have to move forward.
‘We created chances. Sometimes we should finish more.’