Solskjaer hails ‘massive, massive result’ for Manchester United after they fought back to beat Aston Villa… as he insists confidence is high among his players going into huge week with Leicester and Liverpool to play before next weekend
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his side after they came from behind to win 3-1
- Aston Villa took the lead but Manchester United fought back to take three points
- Victory kept confidence high ahead of matches with Leicester and Liverpool
- United are now unbeaten in 25 matches away from home in the Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his Manchester United side after they battled to a 3-1 over Aston Villa to keep the momentum going during a chaotic period of fixtures.
After overcoming Roma in the Europa League on Thursday, United extended their unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League to 25 matches with victory at Villa Park.
Solskjaer’s men now face Leicester on Tuesday before welcoming Liverpool to Old Trafford just 48 hours later, but the United boss was in upbeat mood looking ahead to the manic schedule.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Manchester United after their 3-1 comeback win over Aston Villa
Edinson Cavani sealed the win late on ahead of a manic week of fixtures for his side
‘We can just go into the next one confident, go and enjoy it,’ Solskjaer told SkySports.
‘We know it’s going to be hard, and it’s going to be a physical test, these next three days, but we’ve got to make the most of it.
‘It’s always going to be difficult after you’ve been in Europe, in Rome, and didn’t come back until half four, five o’clock in the morning on Friday.
‘Great reaction at half-time again even though first half, I felt we were the better team. We created more chances, but we couldn’t get the goal.’
This was the 10th time that United have conceded the first goal away from home in the league this season, and once again they went in behind at the break.
United once again conceded the first goal as Bertrand Traore put Villa ahead in the first half
But goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani ensured another comeback win to all but guarantee the club’s place in the top four.
United have now won 31 points from losing positions, and their manager refused to criticise his side for another slow start.
‘I can’t blame them,’ Solskjaer said. ‘The advantage of being fresh going into a game like this is quite high. It’s coincidence.
‘We could have scored the first goal once or twice before they scored. They scored from nothing, good goal by the way.
‘I’m pleased with everyone. I know how hard it is at the end of a long, long season.’
But Mason Greenwood scored to put United in front and on their way to another comeback win