Solskjaer: Wolves win a ‘big step forward’ for Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pleased with the strides Manchester United have made both physically and mentally this season.
Before this game, there had only been one goal in the last three meetings between Man United and Wolves. This tie followed a similar tone to the previous meetings, with it being another dull affair.
The best chance of the first half fell to Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder saw his effort from close range saved by his international teammate Rui Patricio.
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Wolves defended really well throughout the game, as they restricted Man United. As the game was entering stoppage time, it seemed like both sides would settle for a point.
But with moments to spare, Fernandes sent a ball over the top towards Rashford. The Englishman kept hold of it before letting off a shot that was deflected into the net past Patricio.
This late victory moves Man United up to second in the Premier League. The Red Devils are just two points behind Liverpool with the rivals now both 15 games into the season.
Speaking with Amazon Prime Video post-match, as cited by BBC Sport, Solskjaer claimed that his United side are becoming more “robust”.
“It was a point we brought up early in the season in a meeting. We didn’t win many points towards the end of game and we have a tradition for it at this club.
“That has happened so many times at that end, and now we have won quite a few points towards the end of games, and that is both a mental and physical aspect.
“We’ve got a group now that is more robust both mentally and physically. We have gone through some tough training periods, played loads of games and they are getting fitter and fitter. The fitter you are the more you can do. But mentally as well it gives you a boost knowing you can win games towards the end.
“We just focus on the next game. I am very boring but we cannot get too far ahead of ourselves. We have got to a decent position at the moment but the season hasn’t even reached halfway.
“We didn’t perform as well as we want to, but we won a game against a very difficult side to play against.
“It’s the first win in the league for me against them. There have never been many goals in the games, but for me, this is a big step forward, that you don’t play well but you win.”