Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets defensive after West Ham win – ‘Look at our record’

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted his side do keep enough clean sheets – despite many taking aim at the club’s defensive record this season. The Norwegian was speaking after his side’s 1-0 FA Cup win over West Ham. And he hailed Scott McTominay, who scored the only goal of the game in extra time.

Manchester United weren’t at their electric best against West Ham.

But they emerged victorious despite a grab display, with McTominay scoring after good work from Marcus Rashford.

One major positive from the showdown was keeping a clean sheet, especially after a 3-3 draw with Everton at the weekend.

After the game, Solskjaer was asked about whether he was happy about that fact.

And the Norwegian insisted his United team DO keep enough clean sheets, saying: “We’ve had clean sheets.

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“If we look at our record, we’ve had quite a few clean sheets, in big games we’ve had lots of clean sheets and defended well.

“Yes, we conceded 11 goals in the first three games and that is going to be a bad on the conceded goals when you look at the table, so those 11 goals… we weren’t ready, we know that we weren’t ready.

“If we take them away, we’re not too bad.”


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Solskjaer hailed McTominay for his act of heroism, with the Scotland international now taking his goal tally up to seven for the season.

“He’s a clinical striker, striker of the ball,” he said.

“He used to play as a striker, we know that and he finishes with authority. Like, bang, finish.

“No messing about. No safety. That’s something we got to learn from.”

The Norwegian also elaborated on his decision to withdraw Donny van de Beek after 73 minutes.

The Netherlands international showed some neat touches but struggled with the pace of the game and ended up being replaced by Bruno Fernandes.

And Solskjaer said: “I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well.

“We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance.

“In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and we just wanted to make a few changes.”

Meanwhile, West Ham boss David Moyes expressed a belief his side should have had a penalty in the 92nd minute of the game.

“I am really pleased with the performance the players put in,” he said.

“I wasn’t pleased in the first-half because I didn’t think we played well enough and we gave Manchester United too much respect and stayed off them.

“But the injuries forced us into a change and the changes helped us at half-time, I thought we played much better after that.

“I am coming away from Old Trafford disappointed that we didn’t at least get a chance to go to penalty kicks as I thought we warranted that.

“We had a really good claim for a penalty kick in the 92nd minute, which adds to another game where we have had no penalties, which we have not had all season.”

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