The Purple Devils got here away with the three factors in a top-four tussle because of an personal purpose off Scott McTominay’s header early within the second half

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joked that Manchester United prefer to make video games tougher for themselves after they snatched a slender victory towards West Ham at Outdated Trafford within the Premier League on Sunday.

The Purple Devils got here away with the three factors in a top-four tussle because of Liam Dawson’s personal purpose off Scott McTominay’s header early into the second half, to carry them again into second above Leicester on the expense of outdated supervisor David Moyes.

With a pair of crunch conflict knockout video games to come back within the subsequent week – together with a Europa League last-16 second leg with Milan and a FA Cup quarter-final tie with the Foxes – Solskjaer admitted that he had hoped to assert a much bigger margin of victory however was nonetheless happy together with his facet’s end result.

What has Solskjaer mentioned?

“As anticipated, they’re at all times going to make it exhausting for you,” the Norwegian instructed Sky Sports activities after the sport. “We may have been extra snug in direction of the top as we had just a few first rate possibilities to complete it off. We prefer to make it exhausting for ourselves!

“It is about not giving them turnovers on a regular basis. Within the first 15 minutes, we gave the ball away each time we attacked. It’s important to not open up stupidly as you understand [West Ham] are a risk on the counter-attack so we saved composed and organised.

“We created large alternatives however the ultimate go or shot wasn’t adequate. We may have [scored] two or three simply. However then it may have ended up in our web on the finish as they’re a risk.

“We all know West Ham are difficult to get within the high 4 so it was a giant end result and we saved a clear sheet once more. The expertise and confidence will come. [It’s a] huge week – Europa League and FA Cup – so we’re wanting ahead to it. Hopefully [we’ll] get just a few gamers again and put a very good efficiency in.”

The larger image

With Manchester Metropolis’s win over Fulham this weekend, the title race is all however over for United, who nonetheless are on the right track to nab a second-place end.

However having missed out on a shot on the Carabao Cup ultimate towards Pep Guardiola’s facet earlier this 12 months, they are going to be much more pushed to compete for remaining silverware at house and overseas.

Their second leg conflict with Milan in midweek will probably be a more durable job than hoped for after the Serie A facet seized a significant away purpose with successfully the final play of the sport at Outdated Trafford earlier this month.

Three days later, they’ll look to seal a semi-final berth in home competitors too after they face off with Leicester, very a lot their principal rivals for the runners-up spot within the Premier League too.

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