Solskjaer highlights why Man Utd win over Granada was not ‘perfect’


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that “it was not a perfect night” even though Manchester United achieved a “very good result” against Granada in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

A goal from Marcus Rashford and a penalty from Bruno Fernandes were enough for United on the night. They gained a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, those two away goals should come in handy before the second leg next week.

But it could have been better for United, who only had one shot on target other than his goals. Additionally, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay have all taken bookings that exclude them from the return leg.

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Therefore, Solskjaer admitted there could have been better aspects – but praised the confidence of his two scorers.

He said BT Sport: “It wasn’t a perfect night. We had three yellow cards and three suspensions.

“2-0 is a very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain. We have to play well to get a result.

“They [Rashford and Fernandes] were exceptional, so important to us. It was a very good run from Rashford, takes the ball wonderfully.

“Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved him.”

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The Norwegian coach also urged his team to maintain the same attitude when Granada visit in seven days.

He continued, “As always. We want to win every game.

“It’s still a young team, a learning team. We have to improve all the time. Football catches up with you so quickly if you rest. We cannot have any other approach. “

James hails massive victory

Meanwhile, winger Daniel James – who played the 90 minutes – called the result “massive”.

He said BT Sport: “It’s a huge victory for us. We knew it would be difficult to come here.

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“Getting a blank sheet was important. There is still a second leg we need to focus on but we need to recover and prepare for Sunday [at Tottenham].

“We knew it would be a physically tough game and we had to match that. We fought to the end and got this penalty.

“Keep smiling, keep playing. I am very happy. We must approach next week with the same attitude.

“Sunday is a huge game for us. We have to come back, recover, prepare for it.

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