Solskjaer lauds the players for their fighting spirit in comeback drama
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Man United did incredibly well and proved their mettle by coming back from behind to rescue a point against Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Solskjaer embarked on Tuesday’s home fixture against the Clarets on the back of eight straight wins but the Red Devils had to pull off some comeback heroics this time around to overturn a largely disappointing display.
After a goalless first half, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood struck in the second half to send shock waves amongst the fans at Old Trafford but Paul Pogba gave his team a lifeline from the penalty spot before Victor Lindelof’s injury-time leveller saved the blushes for the Red Devils.
And Solskjaer hailed his team’s efforts to overturn a two-goal deficit in the dying stages of the game.
“On the way up here, I was stopped so many times by the staff, so many people saying: ‘Great spirit, fighting spirit, and the way they came back was fantastic’,” he told a news conference.
“So, of course, happy with a point, but we could have got three even at the end, but we just ran out of time. We started too late with the urgency.
“That’s a learning curve, but now you’ve got your answer to ‘can they come back if they go one down or two down?’ Even so, I’m very happy with the response.”
Andreas Pereira’s loss of possession in the build-up led to Barnes’ opener but Solskjaer defended his team selection, saying that he had to pick the Brazilian due to a few injury concerns.
“No, it was the right decision to make,” he said of his line-up. “We had a couple of niggles and unfortunately he [Pereira] was involved in the first goal, but that’s the whole team.
“We played our way into trouble there. Instead of starting off with the forward pass, we ended up back to the keeper, and it’s just another thing we have to learn from.”