Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Why Solskjaer was pleased with Man Utd beating Rochdale on penalties | Football | Sport

Manchester United needed a penalty shoot-out to beat League One side Rochdale after being held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford after 90 minutes.

United’s Mason Greenwood broke the dead-lock with a powerful strike from inside the box, but this was cancelled out when Rochdale’s 16-year-old Luke Matheson volleyed the ball home with 14 minutes left in the game to send the 5,500 Dale fans into a frenzy.

United scored all of their five penalties, with Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred and Daniel James all finding the back of the net, while Rochdale’s Jimmy Keohane was the only player to miss from the spot.

And after the game United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took some positives from his sides performance as he admitted he was glad to see his players handle the pressure of a penalty shootout.

“We handled the penalties really well,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re very pleased with the confidence – we’re better in penalty shoot-outs than we are in proper games!”

United had 31 shots at goals in a game where they also dominated possession and afterwards Solskjaer admitted he had hoped his side would have put the tie to bed following Greenwood’s goal.

“We go 1-0 up in many games and again it was the same and you think ‘come on then, get the second’ and that’s the key,” Solskjaer added.

“That’s the learning curve at this club – you don’t sit back and think that’s enough good.

“If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.”

United will now face Chelsea in the fourth-round of the Carabao Cup.

The Blues made easy work of Grimsby Town as they beat the League Two side 7-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

And Solskjaer said he is relishing the opportunity to face Frank Lampard’s men.

“If you want to win, you have to beat the best,” Solskjaer said.

“It slots nicely into a couple of weeks with loads of travelling. We are going to relish it.”

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