We got what we deserved says Solskjaer after Manchester United draw with Southampton


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United didn’t deserve to win after Southampton grabbed a last-minute equalizer to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford.

United missed the chance to move third in the Premier League as the result left them in fifth place, with one point separating themselves, Chelsea and Leicester in the race for two positions in next season’s Champions League.

The visitors’ battling spirit was seen in abundance as Michael Obafemi stooped to earn a share of the points in the 96th minute, with United down to 10 men following a late head injury to Brandon Williams.

“It’s the worst time to concede a goal but that happens in football,” United manager Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“You’ve just got to take it because we’ve won so many games that way ourselves. It’s all part of the learning for this team to be sat there, really disappointed, after you think the three points are in the bag.

“But probably we didn’t deserve three points today. They played well. They’re physical, very fit. We never got the rhythm in our passing, especially when we got to 2-1 but we created chances and played some fantastic football at times.”

Solskjaer was under pressure at the beginning of the campaign, but the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes has helped the former United striker turn things around.

That’s precisely what his team did in the first half on Monday as goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial cancelled out Stuart Armstrong’s 12th-minute opener.

Solskjaer does not believe the late concession was due to fatigue, adding: “No, I think we’ve had enough recovery. It was just one of those days where we didn’t take our chances and they took theirs at the end.

“David [De Gea] made one very good save, but apart from that we had all the chances. Southampton are a good side, though, and you’re not going to just be given three points.”

Solskjaer had fielded the same starting XI for the fifth consecutive league game, and he was forced to patch up his team in the second half with Luke Shaw sustaining an ankle injury.

His replacement Williams then collided with Kyle Walker-Peters, and Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference: “Luke twisted his ankle. Hopefully, we can have some good news on him after we’ve done a scan.”

In a separate interview with MUTV, Solskjaer added on Williams: “I can’t say [really], I’ve not seen Brandon because he was with the medical staff and I think he was getting some stitches with a gash over his eye. So let’s see how he is.”

– Manchester United give injury update on Brandon Williams 

Manchester United will monitor Brandon Williams‘ condition ahead of Thursday’s game against Crystal Palace after the defender left the field with a nasty head injury during the draw against Southampton.

Williams is yet to start since the restart of the Premier League as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the same starting line up for five consecutive games – the first time United have done so in the league since 1993.

The youngster was introduced as a substitute with 15 minutes remaining after Luke Shaw was unable to continue following an ankle injury suffered in the Southampton penalty box.

Just minutes later, Williams required treatment following an accidental collision with Kyle Walker-Peters. The Southampton defender was able to continue but Williams was brought off as blood was seen pouring from the 19-year-old’s forehead.

United were forced to play the rest of the game with ten men and conceded a late equaliser to damage their hopes of securing a top four finish ahead of Chelsea and Leicester.

Solskjaer says Williams is likely to receive stitches and will be monitored with United back in action against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

“He’s got a cut above his eye,” he told Sky Sports. ” I’ve not been to see him yet but he’s with the medical staff.”

“I think he was getting some stitches with the gash over his eye, so let’s see how he is,” he added to MUTV.

The United boss admitted his disappointment at conceding late on but felt his team didn’t deserve to take home all three points.

Solskjaer said: “That’s how it is, we defended well until that corner so it’s disappointing to have that in the 96th minute.