Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Manchester United confirm the Champions League qualifying on Sunday
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited to enter Sunday with a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester United returned to the top four against West Ham.
While teen star Mason Greenwood was a long way from some of the displays they showed after the coronavirus suspension, United saw coming from behind to sign at an empty Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba’s embarrassing handball enabled Michail Antonio to give West Moyes’ West Ham a surprise halftime, but the 18-year-old’s final shot secured a 1-1 draw that could be critical in the final shake-up .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy that he has returned to the tour after West Ham’s score
The run brought Solskjaer’s side to the top four for the first time since mid-September. In addition, this means avoiding a defeat at Leicester, which has fallen to fifth place, on the last day of Sunday, United will qualify for the Champions League.
“Well, when we went into the break we knew this was not the result we wanted and a draw or a 1-0 win or a 2-0 win was more or less the same result for us,” said Solskjaer.
“Then we have the same starting point on Sunday.
“You can’t expect to turn teams around and score three or five, like we did for another Sunday scenario.
“When we started after the closing, we had to go for it. We really had to go for it – we had to go for goal difference, we had to go for points.
“The stakes were fantastic and the results were fantastic.
“Of course you want to win against Southampton, you admit in the last second, and here you admit a penalty in the last second of the first half today.
“But we gave ourselves a fantastic opportunity and a good starting point for Sunday.”
Mason Greenwood helped Manchester United secure a run against West Ham by scoring
His goal came after Paul Pogba’s shameful handball gave Michail Antonio a penalty
Greenwood was the key figure on Wednesday night, taking his total of 17 in all competitions to tie with George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney in terms of one-season goals for United teens.
“He saved us a few times and he did it again,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s absolutely top class since we gave him a chance.
“I think Cardiff was his first start in the last game of last season and he was our best player in that game and he has grown and grown in confidence and conviction.
“He trusts that his talent, his qualities, his attributes, they actually work at the highest level.”
Greenwood’s goal especially saved Pogba’s blush. The midfielder put his hands to his face when he blocked a Declan Rice fizzer and saw Antonio throw away the penalty awarded by the video assistant referee.
“It’s a natural reaction,” said Solskjaer. “Paul raised his hand because he knew he should have taken it instead.
“But it’s a natural reaction when that ball comes flying at you at 100mph. Either way it wouldn’t have made a difference. ‘
The 2-2 score means that David Moyes of West Ham can rest easy, as his side guarantees safety
While Solskjaer’s side has ridden a lot on the last day, former United manager David Moyes can rest easy.
The point, which already has a superior goal difference, means West Ham is guaranteed another season in the Premier League.
“Before today’s game, I think it would have taken a pretty big total for other teams to catch the goal difference and get the points,” said Moyes.
“But the math didn’t make it safe and luckily the players did a great job today, played very well.
“I think we’ve earned a point today.”
Moyes was allowed to leave after taking West Ham to safety during his previous spell with the club in East London, but the Scot has one year to go and is optimistic about next season.
“I actually think we were already going in the right direction,” he said.
“I think we have some young players, I think we have some good talents that I think will improve and get better.
“Hopefully we’ll get some time for that.”