Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to be more clinical in matches after the Red Devils took 120 minutes to find a way through West Ham to reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Tuesday night. Scott McTominay delivered a 97th minute strike on a freezing evening at Old Trafford to put United into the last eight.
Victory saw United reach the quarter-finals for the seventh straight season having fallen at the semi-final stage under Solskjaer last season.
After a disappointing last-gasp 3-3 draw to Everton at the weekend punctured United’s hopes of beating Manchester City to the Premier League title, United’s most likely route of silverware may come via the FA Cup or the Europa League.
United were deserving winners on the night despite a dull 90 minutes with the hosts having dominated possession and had 17 shots to West Ham’s three, the visitors managing just one on target across normal time and extra time.
But Solskjaer wants his side to work on their cutting edge, insisting they should have been out of sight far earlier on, just as they should have against Everton at the weekend.
Speaking to BBC Sport at full time, Solskjaer reflected: “I felt we dominated. I thought we were in complete control of the first half.
“In the second half it became more of a game. When it’s only one nil and we are wasteful, anything can happen to us – we knew that from the last game [Everton].
“It’s just about finishing the game off but we’re through. We’re in the hat and that’s what we wanted.
“I think we got about 15 to 17 shots in the end but we need to be more clinical. We should’ve finished the game off earlier and finished in 90 minutes but sometimes it doesn’t happen.
“We needed to have a good result and a good feeling after today because we were low after Everton game. It’s hard to take but they were really focused and did the job.
“Of course you want to win every game. We want to challenge and we want to go to the final. That’s what we’re here at Man United for.
“Sometimes you’re lucky with draw in the cup – we haven’t been that lucky – but obviously we move another step closer to the final.”
“They had a little spell after half-time but we dealt with that a lot better than we did at the weekend against Everton and it was good, we felt we got the win that we deserved in end and that’s what we came in to do.
“Saturday night was very tough, we were so disappointed to concede with the last kick. We felt that we deserved the three points. The way that we conceded was disappointing.
“We showed great spirit and a great mentality to come back and perform here and get our heads back up. We know it’s a long season, there’s games every three days.
“It’s the best thing when you’re disappointed after you don’t win a game of football to have a game in two or three days’ time is perfect.
“Tonight was perfect. The games come so soon and the lads put on a good performance and it’s a good win. It’s important to go through.”