While Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unhappy with the result against Southampton (2-2), the Norwegian refused to critisise his side. Solskjaer told reporters after the game that conceding the late goal was part of their learning process. United conceded a 96th minute goal from Michael Obafemi as Southampton stole a point.
Before that Stuart Armstrong gave the visitors the lead, a quickfire double from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial looked to secure the three points and more importantly third position on the Premier League table. However, United will remain in fifth position and outside a Champions League spot after Obafemi scored the late 2-2.
“It’s the worst time to concede a goal but that happens in football – you’ve just got to take it because we’ve won so many games that way ourselves. It’s all part of the learning for this team to be sat there, really disappointed, after you think the three points are in the bag,” he told Sky Sports.
Solskjaer did admit his side did not perform at their best. “Probably we didn’t deserve three points today,” he said. “They played well. They’re physical, very fit. We never got the rhythm in our passing today, especially when we got to 2-1, but we created chances, played some fantastic football at times.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer felt that Oriol Romeu should have been sent off with a red card for a hard challenge on Mason Greenwood in the first half. “I know my ankle wouldn’t take that challenge. It was a nasty one but we’ve said enough about VAR,” he said. With three games left in the Premier League, Man United are on 59 points, the same number as fourth placed Leicester City and one point behind Chelsea, who are in third.