"We are a young team" - Solskjaer on his team's performance against Aston Villa

The Reds drew 2-2 at Old Trafford against Aston Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accepted that his Manchester United side were not challenging enough to beat Aston Villa in yesterday’s Premier League encounter at Old Trafford. He defined his team's as 'young' who are desperate to turn games into wins to keep their momentum going.

Manchester United played a 2-2 drawn game with Aston Villa. Jack Grealish brilliantly curled in an 11th-minute opener for the Villans, before Marcus Rashford's header bounced off the post and went in off Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton for an own goal.

 

 

The visitors almost restored their lead before half-time but Trezeguet's thunderous shot clipped the top of the crossbar. 

"First half it seemed like we couldn't get to grips with going one-nil down," he said in his post-match press conference.

"When you concede a goal as early as that at Old Trafford you've got plenty of time to get back into the game, but I felt we didn't deal with that particularly well and we were lucky to go in at half-time with one each.

"The second half was good, we put pressure on them and created chances. They had a decent chance with Grealish, but we created loads of big ones that could have won this game. Overall, though, I don't think we deserved to - especially after the first half.

"We are a young team. I don't want to use that as an excuse because we are Man United and we want to get a run together. As soon as we get a run of three or four games together here now, that's what we need. That's what these boys need, I feel.

 

 

"We just have to make sure we do everything right now until Wednesday because it's a short turnaround."

Man United took the lead after the break, with Victor Lindelof heading past Heaton at the back post.

But their lead only lasted two minutes as Mings beat the offside trap to volley past David De Gea from six yards out. 

The result means Man United move up to ninth, with 18 points from 14 matches.

 

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"The league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it's so tight," he said. "I just need to make sure we get the right performances.

"What I can say is that so far we've had the lead in so many games and we haven't been able to win those games - six or seven times, I'm sure - and we should be better at turning those games into wins.

"I think there's loads of evidence that these boys are closer to winning games than losing games and tipping those margins in our favor.

"Of course we've got to work on different things. The first half today wasn't good enough."