Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Harry Maguire ‘digging out’ his team-mates in the 1-0 victory over West Ham and said his team ‘needed it’.
Maguire was heard screaming at Aaron Wan-Bissaka, “F****** tidy up, stop giving the f****** ball away”, after a couple of mistakes from the right-back
A Craig Dawson own goal proved to be the difference in the game, with United struggling to produce their good form – although Solskjaer was pleased they got the result.
And he was happy that Maguire was laying into his Manchester United team-mates over their sloppiness.
‘They all needed it,’ Solskjaer told BBC 5 Live. ‘Either digging out or calming down. Maybe it was more calming down because I know the attitude was there.
‘We wanted so much to recover from what happened on Thursday night, with the last-minute equaliser from Milan, and the attitude was spot on – just calm down and trust yourselves.
‘We need to be more clinical – that helps me as well with my heart. Fortunately, we defended fantastically. ‘Dean Henderson did not have a save to make and I guess that is a good sign.’
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On the performance of his team, Solskjaer added: ‘It is always hard in the Premier League, but I felt we controlled the game quite well after the first 15 minutes.
‘We didn’t start well and couldn’t find a red shirt but the attitude is always there. ‘We built pressure and momentum and had enough chances in the end. We earned the spaces.
‘We worked really hard from the front tirelessly. Spaces opened up and then we can see the quality in our players.’