Solskjaer’s message to Man Utd players at half-time of Aston Villa defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his Manchester United players to be more ruthless in front of goal during their pre-season defeat to Aston Villa.

The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Villa Park with Ollie Watkins scoring the goal in United’s only friendly of the summer.

Solskjaer’s side were given an extra week to prepare for the start of the Premier League season having reached the final stages of the Europa League.

But United were off the pace against Villa, squandering several presentable chances, during the 90 minutes.

And Solskjaer, who took off Odion Ighalo and Marcus Rashford in the second half, wanted his side to be more ruthless when speaking to the players during the break.

“We said at half-time that we were playing some great football at times and getting into some fantastic positions, but there was a lack of sharpness and maybe a lack of lungs because it's early doors,” Solskjaer said.

“But we need to be more clinical, we need to score those goals because then you go home happy. Then again, the result wasn't the main thing.

“There were some positives as well, some good positives like individual performances – I thought Deano [Henderson] showed his authority back there and he played like a proper Man United goalkeeper.

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“And especially in the second half, you saw Teden when he came on, how exciting a prospect he is.

“We expect more of them to be match fit [by next week]. The international players who didn't travel today have had the minutes they needed, some of them, and we'll get a few more back.”

Though Solskjaer was glad to be able to give some of his younger stars an outing at Villa Park.

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He added: “They'll learn from it of course. Young Ethan Galbraith has been with us in the summer, in the Europa League, he's been training with us and then he gets minutes today and you could see he's got less time [on the ball].

“I spoke to him after the game and he knows a couple of times he gets caught on the ball but that's the learning he needs.

“That's going to make him, next time he's on the pitch, be ready for it.”

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