Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his happiness with his team’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, sharing the Premier League top with defending champions Liverpool.
Before the upcoming confrontation between United and Liverpool at Anfield on January 17th, Liverpool will meet Southampton at the latter’s home this week, while United will visit Burnley.
United have not won the Premier League title since their crowning under their former coach Alex Ferguson in 2013.Embed from Getty Images
Despite the win and equal balance with Liverpool, Solskjaer was cautious in his remarks when he told the BBC: “Of course we are very happy with what we are doing … we have shown that we have improved a lot during the year. Our fitness and strength are constantly improving.”
He added, “The players are at an appropriate age and they are learning and they have a great desire to learn, which is important. Every day they strive to present the best on the field and maintain their focus.”
“You are always happy with the three points. We managed to maintain our lead at the end of the match,” he concluded.Embed from Getty Images
For his part, Dean Smith, coach of Aston Villa, supported the referee’s decision to grant United a penalty kick that Bruno Fernandes took, from which the team scored the winning goal, but he said later, after reviewing the shot, he doubted the correctness of the decision.
The referee’s decision to award a penalty came after reviewing the video assistant referee, following the fall of Paul Pogba, during a confrontation with Douglas Luiz.
About his team’s performance, he commented: “I was not happy with my team’s performance in the first half … and I asked the players to raise the level of performance.”