Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that a discussion was held at half-time of Manchester United’s draw with West Ham, during which it was spoken about how beating the Hammers rather than drawing with them would make little difference to their final-day task against Leicester.
United would’ve gone three points clear of Leicester with a win over West Ham on Wednesday, and a win by a heavy margin would have given them a significant advantage on goal difference and all but secured their spot in the top four.
However, they could only muster a draw as Mason Greenwood’s second-half strike cancelled out Michail Antonio’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.
United went in at the break a goal down but Solskjaer has revealed the players didn’t panic and knew that a draw or a narrow win would leave them with the same job to do on Sunday.
“We spoke about it at half-time… to win the second half and get the result, if we win 1-0, 2-0 today it doesn’t make a difference to the draw,” the Norwegian told MUTV.
“Because then we’ve moved up to third and you can’t expect to be going into games against teams in the form West Ham are, and how well organised they are, and how difficult to play against, to score three, four, five goals.
“3-0 would have given us a better point going into the next game, 5-0 of course but you just don’t do that in the Premier League.
“They reacted well at half-time, we have to go out second half and win it – we did – well it’s another step forward for them and another time that we’ve come back. Bournemouth took the lead, Southampton took the lead, now, so we’re learning.”
If United avoid defeat against Leicester on the final day of the season they will return to the Champions League next season.
“Yeah brilliant,” Solskjaer responded when asked how big Sunday’s game will be. “So hopefully we can go down there, positive, knowing that we’ve done so great up ’til now, get another 24 hours rest compared to this game so we’ll be fine.
“The message is to focus on yourself, recovery, preparation. Because if you prepare well enough that’s the confidence they all need, going into the game knowing we’ve done everything we can and just go out and give it a go.”