Manchester United have named their team for this evening’s clash with Fulham.
“I think this season we’ve scored more goals and created more chances than before,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match interview. “I think it’s only a matter of time before those, you know, margins that were against us at Liverpool tip our way again. We have players who can do individual bits but the team is gelling better, the relationships are working better. Of course, the foundation will always be the hard work and the shape and at Man United we’re expected to create chances from everywhere. We have the players to do that.”
“Of course I enjoy the job! I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t, if I didn’t feel up to it and if I didn’t feel like I was giving something back to the club. I can’t say there’s a lot I don’t enjoy. I don’t enjoy leaving players out. I think it’s hard for big games, you know, you have players who deserve to play. It’s a difficult job to tell them they’re not in a job on a Sunday afternoon but then Monday morning they’re back in their job. The chats before, explaining why they don’t play, that’s never an easy one when I don’t really have a good answer behind it, because I could give so many reasons for them to be playing. But that’s a part of what I love with the job as well, working with human beings. That’s the main job, getting the best out of individuals so we can get a strong team together.”
Solskjaer reserved special praise for Luke Shaw.
“Luke has immense quality,” he said. “He’s good a very good technique. You saw a few times against Liverpool as well, he takes the ball and drives it forward. It’s something I’ve pushed him more to do because we know he can do it. It’s generally down to the boy himself. He’s mentally very good at the moment, he’s become a dad, he’s physically very good, he’s much fitter. He keeps beating his high intensity stats, his total distance stats. He’s consistently up there doing what a full-back should be doing. When you’ve got the talent like Luke, when that fitness and the mental bit is sorted, you’re always going to get good performances.”
Wan-Bissaka Bailly Maguire Shaw
Martial Cavani Greenwood