Solskjaer on fixture pile-up: We've been dealt a bad hand
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made four points in his half-time message to his Manchester United stars as they came from behind yet again to grab all three points. Aston Villa were the latest victims to go ahead in the first half but throwing away the match.
United star Luke Shaw has revealed what his manager said to the squad at half-time as they went a goal down yet again.
It is the 10th time away from home that the Red Devils have conceded first – yet they have never lost, winning nine and drawing one.
This time, it was Aston Villa to go a goal up in the opening 45 minutes with Bertrand Traore scoring a blinder.
But after the break, United ramped up their efforts at Villa Park with Paul Pogba earning a penalty after a poor challenge from Douglas Luiz.
Bruno Fernandes made no mistake from the spot before Mason Greenwood put the visitors ahead shortly after following a superb finish.
Edinson Cavani gave United some breathing space late on when he nodded home a Marcus Rashford cross, making it eight goals in seven matches for the Uruguayan.
But it was another match that took the opposition scoring to really get them to crank into gear.
It meant Solskjaer had to deliver another inspiring team talk at half-time, with Shaw revealing what his manager said in four points.
The defender told reporters at full-time: “He (Solskjaer) said exactly what I have just said, we have been in this situation a lot of times, we have the quality, are a fit team and we always believe. When we got the first goal I felt we were going to win.
“We are just focusing on ourselves, even more so we look at the City result and we are disappointed with the points we have let go this season.
“We have two games in four days, we need to be ready.
“Going 1-0 down in the first half we knew it was going to be a hard game and we have been in this situation so many times – second half we came back much better.
“That’s a positive but we need to start the first half better than we normally do.
“Maybe we’re not ready for the game but we have the quality and can’t keep counting on second-half performances.”
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