Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Man United “played well” in first half

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has surprised many by suggesting Manchester United played well in the first half against Atalanta last night.

In what proved to be another famous European night under the lights at Old Trafford, United came from 2-0 down to beat an impressive Atalanta side 3-2 in the Champions League. The Red Devils’ win took them to the top of Group F but with just three points separating first place and fourth, things aren’t over by a long shot as we head into the final three games of the group stage.

At half time, many fans were calling for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s head and perhaps rightly so, considering how poor they were at times throughout the first 45 minutes.

Alas, despite the criticism that seems to be coming from every direction, Solskjaer was defiant in his post-match press conference and even suggested that the hosts played well in the first half.

“I thought we played well in the first half but two chances for them, two goals and that has to stop.

“We’ve got a habit of doing this at this club but in the first half I thought we played well – they never stopped believing and kept going.

“We need to defend better – I know that – because we are playing against very good teams in the next few weeks.

“At half‑time I said, ‘Make sure we get the next goal, because then we win the game.’ As long as we don’t concede I was pretty sure we would win the game. It was just about taking chances.”

Regardless of whether United supporters are Ole in or Ole out, they’ll all need to get behind him with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City on the horizon.

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