Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals his half-time talk that inspired Manchester United to fight back from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta 3-2. ‘If we get the next goal, we win the game.’
Their Champions League campaign appeared to be in tatters at half-time, with Atalanta 2-0 up at Old Trafford through Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral goals.
They were bottom of the group, as Villarreal won 4-1 away to Young Boys, but turned it all around through Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I thought we played well first half too. Two chances, two goals. It had to stop if we are to survive,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“We have a habit of doing this at this club. I thought we played well and they scored a goal out of nothing and then another set-piece. But they never stopped believing and kept going.”
Rashford wasted a couple of big chances, while David De Gea needed a huge double save on Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskyi.
“He had chances in the first half but Marcus kept on going. He got a knock but he is going to be very important for us. It was instinctive finish from Harry. I don’t think you would have expected him to score that one.
“And Cristiano is great in front of goal. If anyone wants to criticise him for effort and work-rate just watch this game. Watch how he runs around.”
Solskjaer reveals the half-time talk that inspired Manchester United to transform their performance.
“At half-time, I said make sure we get the next goal, because then we win the game. As long as we don’t concede I was pretty sure we would win the game. It was just about taking chances.”
It’s still a very balanced group, with Manchester United on six points, Atalanta and Villarreal on four and Young Boys three.
“They never stopped believing, they kept on going.”
“Don’t disrespect the players, they play for Man Utd.”
A passionate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players after yet another #UCL comeback at Old Trafford.
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