– We know we have started badly, and the match against Tottenham was really bad. We have to perform better, but now we have had two weeks to think about it and work on it, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Friday’s press conference.
Rumors of dissatisfaction at Old Trafford after the heinous loss to Tottenham have been many during the national team break, but now the Norwegian is celebrating the unity in the United locker room.
United profile about Solskjær: – The whole club is behind him
– We must get over it as soon as possible, and look ahead. I think Bruno Fernandes talked well about it, when he said that we are United and that we always stick together, says Solskjær, and adds:
– We can not listen to everyone else. We are United, people are trying to create divisions with us, but it will not happen. We are a strong group.
But even though the unity and morale of the group is good according to the boss himself, he is clear to TV 2 when he talks about what is required in tomorrow’s meeting with Newcastle.
– We must have an answer. We will go there to dominate and control the match. I want to see a positive body language from the players and a positive attitude, and I want to see players who fight, is the clear message from the Norwegian.
One who has had a particularly tough time in recent months is United captain Harry Magurie. In August, he was arrested on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos after a bar fight, and on Wednesday he was deported in England’s meeting with Denmark.
– That’s how football is. You are in the spotlight all the time, and there are headlines when you are expelled. There are ups and downs that you have to deal with, and I’m sure he can do that, says Solskjær, who at the same time is not sure that the captain will make it to the Newcastle match.
– He got a bang before he left for Denmark, so I hope he will be ready. He will be tested today, the United boss explains.
Boasts of new signing
On Deadline Day, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri entered the gates of Old Trafford. The former is unsuitable for a meeting with Newcastle due to the quarantine, but Solskjær has been impressed by his 14-year-old compatriot.
– We look forward to having them integrated into the group. Facundo has already trained with us for a couple of days, and he is a very exciting player. He has some skills we do not have otherwise in the team, says Solskjær, and adds:
– He is only 18 years old, so it is still early for him, but he is a player for the future.
The match against Newcastle can be watched on TV 2 Sport Premium and tv2sumo.no on Saturday at 21.00.