Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his happiness with his team’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa and shared the Premier League lead with defending champions Liverpool, but he was cautious and did not mention his team’s competition for the Premier League title.
Before the upcoming confrontation between United and Liverpool at Anfield Stadium on January 17th, Liverpool will meet Southampton at the latter’s ground this week, while United will visit Burnley.
United have not won the Premier League title since being crowned under former coach Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Despite winning and equal in balance with Liverpool, Solskjaer was cautious in his remarks when he told the BBC, “Of course we are very happy with what we are doing .. We have shown that we have improved a lot during the year. Our fitness and strength are constantly improving. “.
“The players are at an appropriate age and they are learning and they have a great desire to learn, which is important. Every day they strive to present the best on the field while they maintain their focus.”
Solskjaer criticized his team’s players for some strange passes and for not resorting to simple, smooth passes in the face of stubborn Aston Villa, who came close to a tie near the end after United’s attack dominated the first half.
“You are always happy with the three points. We managed to keep our lead at the end of the match,” the Norwegian coach said.
At first, Aston Villa coach Dean Smith supported the referee’s decision to grant United a penalty kick by Bruno Fernandez, from which the team won the winning goal, but he later said, after reviewing the shot, that he doubted the decision.
The referee’s decision to award a penalty came after a video assistant referee was reviewed after Paul Pogba fell during a confrontation with Douglas Louise.
About his team’s performance, Smith said, “I was not happy with my team’s performance in the first half … and I asked the players to raise the level of performance.”