Solskjaer believes Man Utd's season started after Newcastle rout

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt that his team should've had a longer pre-season after the 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.


The win against Newcastle puts Manchester United 14th in the Premier League standings.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United needed a longer pre-season to prepare for the Premier League campaign but Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle United is a sign that it is firing on all cylinders again, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

The Red Devils recovered from an early own-goal by Luke Shaw to secure a comfortable victory with late strikes from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford after under-fire skipper Harry Maguire levelled the contest at 1-1.

Solskjaer was pleased with his team's response to its 6-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur before the international break.

“After the last result, that made this game even bigger. Then we were 1-0 down in two minutes, that made it even more so,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

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“But we showed great resilience, great character to come back, handled the setback really well and we were led by an inspirational captain.

“We don't want to use it as an excuse, but we needed pre-season. We wanted to get to this international break with more points than we have, but now we know our season started today, because we've come up to the speed of the game.”

Maguire dismisses crisis talk

United captain Harry Maguire laughed off talk of a crisis following their slow start to the Premier League season.

“It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two, lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve,” he told Sky Sports.

“When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training, it is a great group and we knew we had to bounce back.”

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The centre-back felt that the win would do the team a lot of good going forward.

“It was important. Every game in the Premier League we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well and in the games we lost we didn't do the basics well,” Maguire said.

“We are still a young team, but we won't use that as an excuse. It was disappointing to start like we had, but (it was a) big performance tonight when we needed it,” he added after a tough week in which he was sent off playing for England.

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