Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not affected by people who want Manchester United to fail.
The Red Devils claimed their biggest competitive win since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson by beating Tranmere Rovers 6-0 in the FA Cup fourth round.
United had to overcome conditions far muddier than what they are used to, but Solskjaer was pleased they could still stick to a game plan that resembled their usual blueprint.
“A lot has been said and written about this pitch. We played it well,” insisted Solskjaer.
“We didn’t want to make it a long-ball fight because that’s not the game we wanted. We put the ball down and scored nice goals.
“We have good footballers. They give everything in every game.”
Each goal was scored by a different player, including rare strikes for Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, first United goals for Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot, and goals for strikers Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood – the latter getting his 10th goal of the season.
Solskjaer was delighted that two of his forwards stepped up in the absence of Marcus Rashford.
“Brilliant. It’s important we spread that through the team. We’ve lost Marcus for a little while. Our two strikers scored – a confidence boost for everyone.”
The action started at a frantic pace, with Solskjaer well aware of the threat that Tranmere posed with their quick start. However, he pointed out that scoring three early goals to weather the storm helped settle United down.
“You expect that. They had the boost of going through, at home, put a couple of balls down channels with corners and set-plays. But when you score two or three goals in quick succession, it’s sit down and enjoy the game and let the players enjoy it.”
While a win would have been expected, its margin may have helped win over some of Solskjaer’s doubters. The coach has been under pressure due to United’s inconsistent form, but he maintains he is keeping a level head.
“I don’t know what you’ve said and written. You can see everyone wanted us to fail but it doesn’t bother me. I can’t be up and down [emotionally].
“I’m happy but won’t relax. Two big games coming up.”