Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts after win over Chelsea : "We had the margins on our side."

Updated: Feb 18

Man Utd claimed a crucial win over Chelsea in the top four race.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates with Harry Maguire. [Getty]

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side 'didn't play particularly well' against Chelsea on Monday night but he was delighted they secured three points at Stamford Bridge.


The Red Devils took their chances in the controversial match as headers from Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire moved United three points behind Frank Lampard's Blues - who sit in fourth spot in the Premier League table.


Speaking to BBC Sport after United secured their third victory over Chelsea this season, the Norwegian said: "We didn't play particularly well with the ball, we were sloppy and slow at times but defensively it was very good. Eric Bailly was outstanding on his first game back.


"We had the margins on our side, in football it does happen. They were unfortunate with the two VAR goals - the right decisions but they were marginal.


"Was Harry Maguire lucky? I don't think so, he was fouled first and Batshuayi was going to fall on top of him so he put his leg out and hit him where it hurts.


"I didn't see a foul by Fred for the disallowed goal. Luckily there was no VAR when I played. Giroud was a foot, or half a foot offside, at least it wasn't an armpit.


"We are three points behind Chelsea now, that was a massive win tonight. We could not have realistically clawed back nine points."



United midfielder Bruno Fernandes added: "I feel great, I'm really happy in a difficult game. We needed to win and we can do much better with the ball. Chelsea are really good with the ball.


"I feel good. I play for the biggest club in England, it's a dream come true."


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