Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended skipper Harry Maguire for “digging out” Aaron Wan-Bissaka during the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over West Ham.
Maguire was overheard rollicking his fellow defender, blasting: “F***ing tidy up, stop giving the f***ing ball away!”
It’s not the first time Maguire has been heard turning the air blue this season, with the lack of supporters at games giving new insight into the dialogue between players on the pitch.
But Solskjaer has no issue with his captain stamping his authority, and reckons it actually helped to calm down his teammates.
“They all needed it,” Solskjaer told BBC 5 Live. “Either digging out or calming down. Maybe it was more calming down because I know the attitude was there.
“We wanted so much to recover from what happened on Thursday night, with the last-minute equaliser from Milan, and the attitude was spot on – just calm down and trust yourselves.
“We need to be more clinical – that helps me as well with my heart. Fortunately, we defended fantastically. ‘Dean Henderson did not have a save to make and I guess that is a good sign.”
Craig Dawson’s own goal proved pivotal in a dour clash at Old Trafford as former United boss David Moyes’ wait for a win at the Theatre of Dreams as a visiting manager goes on.
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On his side’s overall performance, Solskjaer added: “It is always hard in the Premier League, but I felt we controlled the game quite well after the first 15 minutes.
“We didn’t start well and couldn’t find a red shirt but the attitude is always there. We built pressure and momentum and had enough chances in the end. We earned the spaces.
“We worked really hard from the front tirelessly. Spaces opened up and then we can see the quality in our players.”