Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues challenge to squad after Real Sociedad draw

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out after his side’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday night. The Red Devils booked their place in the Europa League round of 16 at Old Trafford. But it wasn’t a match that will live long in the memory. 

Manchester United went into the match against Real Sociedad 4-0 up from the first leg.

Bruno Fernandes scored twice in Turin, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James also on target as they took control of the tie.

In the return leg at Old Trafford, however, neither side had anything to cheer.

It was a drab and flat match under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams, with Axel Tuanzebe going closest to breaking the deadlock before his header was chalked off for a foul by Victor Lindelof.

And Solskjaer has now reacted to the game.

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Solskjaer said United were working hard behind the scenes in order to improve, too.

“We are a group that are very tight together,” he said.

“You come in, your work every day, you have a few setbacks and knocks.

“We want to go further but when you have failed before you want to do better. The culture is really improving and we’ve got some fantastic players and fantastic coaches.”

United star Tuanzebe also spoke out after the game, insisting he was more than happy to play in the middle of the park.

He said: ”(Being played in midfield) is just something the gaffer did, we did not get the win but we are through.

“I am a versatile player, my natural place is central defence but I did it foe the team.

“It is a while since I played in midfield but most important thing is that we are through.

“The season has been up and down for me and we need to get more minutes and momentum.

“This is Man United, all players who play for us are talented and the manager always has options. The personalities that United bring through are determined players and that shows when we get the chance to play.

“It takes a while to get momentum going, have faith in the manager and we are starting to build that.

“It is not something done in a year or two, it is a long project and having faith in the coaching staff. The results are coming through.

“The disappointments always stay with you and you do not want to feel like that again, you try your best and ensure it does not happen again.”


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