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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says He Is "Very Happy" With 0-0 Draw Against AZ Alkmaar

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says He Is "Very Happy" With 0-0 Draw Against AZ Alkmaar

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is "very happy" with how his side performed during their 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night.

The Norwegian spoke to the media after the Europa League Group L clash and appeared to be in good spirits, despite failing to record a single shot on target throughout.

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"I'm very happy with the boys, we come away with a good performance." Solskjaer told BT Sport after the full-time whistle.

"It should have been three points, a nailed on penalty. You can't even discuss it. Good performance against a good opponent on a very bad surface."

Solskjaer went on to claim that if "you get your draws" on the road, then you'll be "fine" in the competition.

He also spoke further about the failings to award a penalty.

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"If you get your draws away from home [in the Europa League] and win your home games you'll be fine. We go to Belgrade wanting a win and that sets up up nicely.

"I just couldn't believe what I saw [Rashford not getting a penalty]. Same as Arsenal, the handball that should have been 2-0. It's frustrating now these little things because the boys deserve more."

The former Manchester United forward was also criticised by fans after he was spotted laughing and joking with opposition players, just moments after the final whistle blew.

United, who are currently ten games without an away win, fielded a number of academy graduates in the starting XI, including Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Brandon William

But the Premier League side ultimately failed to find a breakthrough against Arne Slot's side, who dominated for large spells of the game.

On a positive note, Solskjaer's side did defend well, and the Norwegian boss praised young full-back Brandon Williams after the final whistle.

"Top class, top performance for a full debut. So happy for him. He's got no fear, he's brave, wants the ball, takes people on, tackles, he's physical. So happy for him."

Thoughts on Manchester United's latest performance in the Europa League? Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the right man to take this club forward?

Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: Football News, Football, Europa League, Manchester United, AZ Alkmaar, Interview

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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