Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes no secret of the fact that the red shirts had the margins with them against Brighton. He thinks the form is too bad and that they got away cheaply after the overtime drama.
– Today we probably deserved no more than one point, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær
, after winning 3-2 away against Brighton.
Five times (!) The hosts put the ball in the post or crossbar. Five minutes into overtime, Brighton’s Solly March scored the 2-2 goal. They stand to be the last of the match, but still Manchester United won all three points.
– Last season we had many draws. Was it twelve? I do not remember how many, but we did not win matches in the final minutes as we used to do in this club. It’s part of the story, so I’m very happy with just that, Solskjær continues.
The dramatic final minutes can be seen here:
The victory was of the twisted kind. Brighton took the lead. Twice Manchester United responded, first after an own goal from Lewis Dunk and then a pearl from Marcus Rashford, but the hosts’ ever-increasing pressure led. The reduction after 94.28 minutes was deserved.
– We know we are not in shape yet. You can see that they are in better shape than us. They are one of the physically strongest teams in the league, so we knew it was going to be a tough match, says Solskjær, who expresses dissatisfaction that United did not get off to a good start before they got one in the woods:
– This is something we must address.
The decisive offense occurred in overtime of the overtime and the penalty was imposed – by means of VAR – after the referee had blown off the match. Solskjær praises the players’ reaction after 2-2 and gives the man who secured the victory, Bruno Fernandes, an extra small pat on the shoulder.
– He is very mentally strong. It’s a big part of being a penalty shooter. Goalkeepers and penalty shooters must stay focused and concentrated. Bruno has one of the strongest heads.
PS! Manchester United meet Brighton again on Wednesday in the league cup round of 16. On Sunday, Tottenham awaits in the Premier League.