Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called on Manchester United to become more aggressive after needing a penalty shoot-out to overcome Rochdale in the EFL Cup.
Despite their overwhelming dominance, Solskjaer had to wait 68 minutes for United’s first goal against League One outfit Rochdale in their third-round EFL Cup clash through Mason Greenwood.
But the forward’s opening goal was shortly cancelled out by 16-year-old Luke Matheson, who has to go back to school today. Therefore, Rochdale were able to take United into a shoot-out at Old Trafford.
Ultimately, though, the Manchester-based team couldn’t pull off a huge upset as Sergio Romero decisively Jimmy Keohane’s second spot-kick. While Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Greenwood and Daniel James were all on target to hand United a 5-3 win.
Although Solskjaer concedes the Red Devils must find a way to become more ruthless in future after blowing a one-goal lead.
“We go 1-0 up in many games and, today again, we go 1-0 up and you think go on then, get the second, which is the key now,” the United boss told MUTV.
“And that’s a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for the second. At this club, we don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough. If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.”
17-year-old Greenwood, however, again impressed in scoring his second goal in as many games for the senior team.
“He’s got two great feet, [he took the penalty] with his right,” added Solskjaer.
“It must be a nightmare for defenders having him one-on-one in the box. As you say, he can go both ways, which is, for me, fantastic.
“You can just see he’s got quality and he’ll get his share of games but he’s young.
“We’ll allow him to grow slowly but surely.”
United will now prepare to host Arsenal at Old Trafford next Monday for a Premier League clash. They will also go up against Chelsea in October for their last-16 EFL Cup tie.