Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday was a “statement” to his players after reaching the FA Cup fifth round by taking a proactive approach.
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford were both on target, but Mohamed Salah’s second strike seemed to have taken the fight to extra time. But Bruno Fernandes’ unstoppable late free kick helped United to draw a tie with West Ham at Old Trafford next month.
The meeting was in stark contrast to the goalless draw at Anfield seven days ago, in which the two sides canceled each other in a wary affair.
But after this display of offensive prowess, Solskjaer said: “It’s fantastic to win. games against last year’s champions – they’re a fantastic team and we’ve had good results over the past two years playing different systems, but today we played well and won on our terms.
Image: Paul Pogba was deployed both center and then right on Sunday
“We have found a way that we and the players believe in and we are just getting stronger and stronger. Our mentality of coming back from 1-0. We’ve shown it so many times this season. Physically, we got stronger and stronger and lasted until the end of games much more.
“We’re looking at the difference from a year ago and six months ago… you can’t take too many big steps at one point, but layer by layer we’re getting better and better, winning tight games. Morale and confidence are of course very good.
“For us, it’s a good feeling to play on our terms. We have had good results in recent years, playing with the diamond or with a 3-5-2 … different systems to cancel the opponents but to win today with a positive selection and in the way we see our team , it is an observation to ourselves.
“It’s the confidence boost that we can match the best with our style of football.”
Image: Bruno Fernandes celebrates the winning goal for United on Sunday
Premier League leaders United are six points above Liverpool, and while Solskjaer admitted there was a feeling of elation in the dressing room after the thrilling victory, he has already turned to the visit from Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
The Norwegian revealed Rashford would undergo a scan on Monday morning to assess a knee injury that forced the forward into the finals, but Solskjaer reserved particular praise for match-winner Fernandes after racking up the extra yards at the training on the eve of the draw. .
“He has that quality in and around the box,” United boss added on Fernandes. “He’s proven to give assists and score goals. It was a very good free kick and he managed to train a lot yesterday. He was practicing extra free kicks for at least half an hour… I don’t know how long. But it worked and paid off.
Klopp: We have to solve the problems together
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was encouraged by his side’s performance in their 3-2 FA Cup loss to Manchester United
The defeat made it the fifth time in six seasons Liverpool had failed to progress beyond the FA Cup fourth round under Klopp, whose poor start to 2021 continued as he lost in enemy territory.
The Merseysiders are the first defending Premier League champion to be knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round since Manchester City in 2014/15, but Jurgen Klopp believes there were signs of progress following their recent poor form.
“It’s not what we wanted, so it’s frustrating,” Klopp said. “We…
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