Ole Gunnar Solskjær put a quartet of recent semi-final stumbles behind him as Manchester United routed Roma to all however book a place in next month’s Europa League final.
” We do not feel the task is done however this was a good job done,” stated Solskjær after an in some cases surreal very first leg at Old Trafford, where United routed 2-1 at the interval however ended up winning 6-2 after an obviously stern half-time homily from their supervisor.
” I informed them I wasn’t pleased with the very first half. We ‘d forgotten we need to [in some cases] run back. For five or 10 minutes before half-time we didn’t look great but we managed to get ourselves together.
” The two goals we offered Roma were junior, schoolboy errors that shouldn’t happen at this level. We stated that at half-time and we corrected it. The players didn’t lose their heads and their character showed when they returned out. We managed to get ourselves together and we took our chances. I was very pleased with the reaction. The second half was very good.”
It would take an extraordinary collapse in the Italian capital next week for United to forfeit their lead. They won thanks to 2 objectives each from Bruno Fernandes and the imperious Edinson Cavani, prior to Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood concluded the scoring.
If Solskjær does gather his first piece of flatware as United manager next month his excellent management of Cavani and Pogba will have been major contributing aspects. “Edinson was outstanding,” the manager said. “He was scoring goals, producing goals for other people, running the channels. I’m definitely happy with him, you can see the difference in him now he’s properly fit. He’s a lot more than simply an objective poacher. He’s got a peace and a control about him. He’s showing his experience and he’s definitely stepped up lately. He’s worked actually hard and he’s revealing his quality. It appears like he’s offseting wasted time.”
Small wonder, then, that Solskjær is desperate to encourage Cavani to stay at Old Trafford for another season. “I have actually guaranteed him Manchester’s a different place with fans in our arena and it’s [usually] a wonderful city to reside in. We want to create an environment where gamers want to be and delight in coming to work every day. When you do that the kids will enjoy.”
His holistic approach has actually paid dividends with the previously high-maintenance Pogba. “Paul understands my sensations for him and about him and how essential he is for the group,” said Solskjær. “He’s allowed liberty. With his qualities, when he’s in shape, he’s unstoppable.”