Why Ole Gunnar singled out Man Utd star after Wolves defeat

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his players a points target in their final seven games of the season, as he sets his sights on a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Solskjaer suffered his first defeat since being confirmed as permanent manager of United after Wolves defeat.

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The Red Devils lost to Wolves in a repeat scoreline to the one they suffered from just over two weeks ago in the FA Cup.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men kept up their impressive performances against ‘Top Six’ sides with a 2-1 win at the Molineux. Diogo Jota scored with Chris Smalling also netting an own goal to give Wolves the win, but it was United who opened the scoring with McTominay’s fine strike before the quarter-hour mark.

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It was the Scottish international’s first goal for the club and Solskjaer was suitably impressed with the midfielder.

Solskjaer said: “I think we played some fantastic stuff, first 20 minutes we should have been two or three up and I’m not exaggerating.


“We didn’t pounce on big moments in the game. Scott McTominay played really well, he’s been excellent.

“He gave us a goal threat, energy and legs – very pleased with him.

“There’s a couple of mistakes from us. We gave them that first goal, we have to be honest.”

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Ashley Young was given his marching orders after two fouls within five minutes granted him two yellow cards.

And Solskjaer refused to criticise the United captain, instead praising the opposition for their gung-ho approach.

He said: “When you’re on a yellow and you go in you’re always in danger of getting another one.

“He hit the ball but followed through and hit him. It’s a yellow card.

“At 10 men it’s hard but we had to keep the ball. We didn’t want them to put pressure on us.

“They scored with their first chance after the sending off and you have to give them credit for that.

“Very disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance up until 75 mins. An excellent performance from the boys.”

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