Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United believe they will beat ‘anyone anywhere’ after finishing second in the Premier League with victory over Wolves last night.
Solskjaer has argued it is too early to speak of United as title contenders after just 15 games of the season, but added-time winner Marcus Rashford sent them to 2021 on a high.
“This result is huge for the attitude,” said the United manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United believe they can beat ‘anyone, anywhere’
Marcus Rashford’s added time winner against Wolves sent them second in the Premier League
“We’re a different outfit now, better mentally and physically. That conviction has come from the performances and the results and the players we have on the pitch who can change the game in a second.
“You get that through the personalities and the recruiting of course. We added that spark, I think, but also when you get results and things turn out the way you want, that helps.
“We talked at the start of the preseason about the need to add more points to the table towards the end of the games. It’s something we’ve been doing as a club several times this season.
“The belief is that 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 shot at United’s chances of winning the title for the first time in eight years.
“There is no title race after 15 games,” he added. “You can lose the chance to race in the first 10 games, sure, but we can start talking about that when we get there in March and April. “
Solskjaer expressed sympathy for Wolves who experienced a quick turnaround after playing at Tottenham on Sunday and had to take out a young side.
“I feel a bit for Wolverhampton,” he said. “They only had one day of recovery and that’s not fair. The players deserve at least two days in between, I think it showed towards the end.
“We have fought against them in the past. We’ve played them seven times and it’s the first league win for me. So this is a big step forward.
Solskjaer expressed sympathy for Wolves who had a quick turnaround after playing at Tottenham
Winner Marcus Rashford noted Rayan Ait-Nouri was treated for cramps before facing the young Wolves defender and scoring the goal in added time.
“The full-back was having cramps a few minutes before,” Rashford said. “So I just had it in my head, I wanted to go over him and have him slice and turn around and see if I could do something.” Fortunately at the end we had a detour.
“It probably wasn’t the best looking but we’ll take what we can get and move on. “
However, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was not looking for sympathy.
“It’s football and a learning process,” he said. “It’s cruel at the time, but you can’t be sorry. You have to move on.
“We created chances. Sometimes we should be done with more.