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Solskjaer Says Man United Wembley Winner Came Through "Team Selection:"

Solskjaer Says Man United Wembley Winner Came Through "Team Selection:"
1/13/2019
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the players' defending for their stunning 1-0 win at Tottenham.
A Marcus Rashford goal and string of David De Gea saves saw Manchester United earn a 1-0 win at Wembley to seriously dent Tottenham's title hopes.

Solskjaer enthused:

We attacked quickly with pace. Obviously, the goal was fantastically taken by Rashford, but you know the defensive job Jesse [Lingard] did and the pass from Paul [Pogba] is half the goal.

The goal is why I put Anthony [Martial] and Rashford wide of Jesse because Jesse is more of a link player and he can drop in whereas Rash and Anthony are more direct towards goal and that is why we put that plan in place and it worked. 

We worked on it for a week and we have seen Spurs and we thought that was going to be a good plan and it is good that we have different ways of playing against different teams and I think that we showed that we are ready to compete, especially in the first half when I thought we were excellent.

The second half we could have scored two or three ourselves so it wasn't that one-sided even though they really did put us under pressure. I am happy. 

I said to the boys to be proud because they followed the plan to perfection in the first half. We thought they were going to come as they did and it worked a treat.

The manager continued:


We defended well as a team. Victor [Lindelof] and Phil [Jones] were excellent at centre-back. 

When you play against Harry Kane you will always be tested and when they put Llorente on I thought we defended well with Nemanja [Matic] and Ander [Herrera] in front of them. It was just a complete defensive team performance.

Solskjaer was also asked about Rashford's finish. He said:

I am going to tell you what I thought: when he came through I was thinking about the near post, hard, high, near post! But it was a fantastically-taken shot. 

It is a difficult skill. If it bounces for you then you can hit it on the outside, so you can curl it the other way, but this was as straight as a die. It is a fantastic finish that just shows practice makes perfect, because he has been practicing lately in that position. 

When you are 21, playing for Man United, scoring the goals he does, of course you are going to be confident. He has the right to be confident because he is playing at the top of his game at the moment.
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