Ole Gunnar Solskjær said that the league position of Manchester United at the time was not relevant after the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday left his team ninth with 18 points. “I wouldn’t have been sitting here talking about us being fifth if we had that one extra goal, so at this stage the league table isn’t the biggest concern because it’s so close,” he said. “I just need to make sure that we get results and after each other get three or four performances. What I can say is that in so many games we’ve had the lead and we haven’t been able to win; we’ve been 1-0 up six or seven times, or 2-1 or 3-2. We should be better looking at winning those games.”
He has won six out of 22 games since he was made permanent manager at the end of March. Solskjær was defiant when asked what evidence there is that this form can be arrested. “I think these boys are closer to winning games than to losing games, there are lots of evidence,” he said. “We have to work on different things to tip the margins in our favor. It was not good enough for the first half. I’m disappointed because all the[ regularly selected] boys stayed here while the young boys went[ last week to play Astana] to Kazakhstan.
“As a team,[ against Villa] we didn’t go out together. We were supposed to have done better. These boys are going to learn and improve. Inconsistency occurs with young boys at times. We need to be a better unit. To my liking, Aston Villa had too many counterattacks.” United fell back to an 11th-minute opener for Jack Grealish before Marcus Rashford equalized just before the interval. While on 64 minutes Victor Lindelöf put the home side ahead, within 120 seconds Tyrone Mings equalized. Grealish missed a clear opportunity to put Villa ahead with the score at 1-1. Dean Smith, the manager of the villa, said:“He knows more than anybody that nine times out of 10 he scores that. He’ll be pleased because of his goal but he won’t sleep because of that miss.”