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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his team’s mentality after their 3-1 victory at West Ham in the Premier League.
United rallied from a halftime deficit to beat West Ham thanks to goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in London on Saturday.
Like they did against Southampton last week, United were forced to rally after Tomas Soucek’s 38-minute opener: Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to inspire the comeback.
Pogba’s delicious but controversial 25-yard tie (the ball seemed to go out of play in preparation) set the scene in the 65th minute and Greenwood put United ahead three minutes later before substitute Rashford secured the points at 12. minutes of the game. what.
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United have won their first five away games in a league campaign for the first time since 1985-86, and Solskjaer applauded the belief of the Red Devils, who moved within three points of first place.
“We were playing against a very good team; have drawn against Tottenham, have drawn against [Manchester] City, they should have scored points against Liverpool, beat Wolves, beat Leicester, ”said Solskjaer, whose United have gained more points by losing positions than any other team in Premier League history (385).
“They are a very good team. They made it difficult for us because they have the X factor, they have the quality in the great moments of the game. Open plays, counterattacks.
“We had the ball, I’m sure we had about 65 percent possession in the first half, but we couldn’t control his big moment. When we scored the goals and went ahead, we looked like ourselves. We’ve done this too many times now, coming back from 1-0 down for it to be a coincidence.
“To have this character in the team, this belief. Mentality is one of the great things that I take away from these away games. They always believe in themselves, we trust ourselves. There is no screaming or yelling. We believe in our teammates and we believe in ourselves. “
Fernandes replaced Donny van de Beek at half time and transformed United in the second half when playing Pogba – the Portuguese star created eight chances, the most by a player in a single Premier League game with a maximum of 45 minutes played since Jason. Koumas in 2008.
36 – Since his debut in February, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 36 goals in 38 matches in all competitions for Man Utd (22 goals, 14 assists), five more than any other Premier League player in this period. Influential. pic.twitter.com/mSRpJbd0fn
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Since his debut in February following his arrival from Sporting CP, Fernandes has directly participated in 36 goals in 38 matches in all competitions (22 goals and 14 assists), five more than any other Premier League player during that period.
“I think this season is going to be very long and tough. When the players are seriously injured, they have kicked him so many times in the last few weeks that his foot hurts, so I didn’t want to use it from the beginning, ”Solskjaer said of Fernandes.
“We have a great game on Tuesday, we have a great squad with a lot of quality and talent, so we decided to go with the starting line-up that we made.”
Solskjaer also provided an update on Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial, who were forced to leave the field due to injuries, ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash at RB Leipzig.
“Hopefully [they’re] It’s not bad, but they couldn’t go on, ”Solskjaer, who also rested goalkeeper David de Gea, told Sky Sports.
“They are not bad, hopefully. We will scan them and hope they will be available soon.
“There’s already a game on Tuesday. It will probably be [like this] this year. Some games we have to do without players and I’m glad we have the substitutions that we have ”.