On West Brom
Secrets to home and away form?“They’ve had some players out with covid. We played them before the restart with two 11s and both 11s were good teams.
Slaven is a good coach, I’ve known him for many years, chirping in my ear when I've as playing against him.
“I expect a good team who will come and cause his problems, but I focus on us and I want to see more of what we’ve been good at. I want to see us dominate. “
Solskjaer on Pogba”It’s not as easy as why don’t we win at home why don’t we do so well, every game lives its own life, there are reasons behind that and, as I said, the best game we played at home this season was against RB Leipzig,
“Home and away is not the same, in Norway there are a few hundred fans and they help. Here it’s sterile.
“The Everton game last time out showed a Man United team as we want to see it. We scored some good team goals and I was very pleased with that last performance.”
Light at the end of the tunnel?“Paul’s had a difficult season last season, had COVID now, those three games he played for France helped, I spoke to Paul and he felt towards end of Portugal and Sweden game he felt stronger for it, he played well, they qualified, I think he’s only going to improve.
“Paul is a very important player and very important person for us and to have him in form and happy is gonna be important.”
On home record“Yeah, it’s welcome news for the players and the club but the biggest plus is for fans that can come and watch games again, watching on TV, not getting close contact with players that you admire and adore, you’re a fan of a club for a reason and you love the players.
“Hopefully we can get back to that but it’s up to the government and society get the infection rate down in general because it’s an issue. “
Solskjaer on Greenwood“Home and away now is different, not like it used to be. We’ve had four home games in the league,the first one we look at having no preparation and Palace deserved it. Tottenham deserved win after Anthony sending off, other two games if we had our fans might have sparked that little extra X Factor we needed in two close games.
“Our best win this season was against Leipzig at home though. It’s something we wanna correct and get our first win hopefully against West Brom but it’s a different sensation playing in front of the Stretford End without fans, they normally score a goal for us.”
Move to five subs“You have to take a step back sometimes, the boy’s only 19, he’s had a fantastic year, if we go a year back I left him out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, Mason stayed back and played against Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy to get game time, that’s how far he’s come. Now he’s got 19 goals, made his England debut, scored in his first Under-21s game and of course the headlines are gonna be about when he scores and doesn’t play.
“Everyone’s allowed to not be well, if you’re not well you can’t train. He’s been away eight or nine days from training, we’re just building him up again and I have no doubts about him.
“He has a very good head on him and the talent is there for all to see.”
Solskjaer on dementia“Those go hand in hand, we had a very good managers’ meeting the other day where we discussed it. Player Welfare has to be at forefront of our heads, mental and physical health and 2020 is a year no one could have foreseen and nobody knows the after-effects of it, but we can use common sense with fixture scheduling as well and we as managers need to look after players when they’ve played too many games. We need to try and give them rest when possible.
“It’s a complex situation for many of us and I know loads of injuries happen towards end of games and if you have the chance in the last 15 or 20 minutes to take players off, instead of making three [subs] you might save some injuries. Fatigue is the main cause, you might be late in a tackle and hurt someone else or yourself.”
Press conference begins - Injury update“I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject but of course we’ve seen it close hand with Nobby [Stiles] and Sir Bobby [Charlton] as well, it’s a serious issue, the good thing is it’s raised awareness.
“I need to know more about it myself as well so we in football can help raise discussions. The debate is going, that’s good, progress has to be made with kids in training, not allowed to head a ball in training before such an age and I just want to say that football has a big responsibility here as well with the profile of what we’re doing.”
Fred on United squad rotation“The short version is it’s Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are the only ones who didn’t join in parts of the training today, some are in different stages after internationals, recoveries and working back after illness and fitness and we’ll make a decision tonight but most of them have joined in today and some yesterday, so it’s looking good.
“Possibles but some of them are probably some doubts. Marcus joined for the first time today, hopefully no reaction, Bailly first day today so no, him and Marcos Rojo joined for the first time for a month, so they’re not ready, Victor, we’ll have to check tomorrow because his back is not great.”
https://www.manchestereveningnews.c...-news/man-utd-press-conference-recap-19313151“There are a lot of games but what’s good about it is we’ve got a really good group, and we will need everyone.
“That’s the best thing about having the group: we will be able to help each other, because there will be injuries, knocks and niggles.
“Getting a consecutive run of games and a consecutive run of wins is the goal. We know our strengths and we know what we need to work on. As I said, we have a good group and we want to try and get a good run of victories in this intense period."