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04:40  01 september  2019
04:40  01 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United need to be more clinical in attack after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.

United failed to win for a third consecutive Premier League game as Daniel James' early opener was cancelled out by Jannick Vestergaard's towering header, with Solskjaer's side unable to find a winner despite Kevin Danso's 73rd-minute sending off.

Solskjaer: United must be more clinical © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Manchester United - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - August 31, 2019 Manchester United's Daniel James celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannah Mckay EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. James, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and substitute Mason Greenwood all went close in the closing stages, but Saints held firm thanks to a combination of good goalkeeping from Angus Gunn and wasteful finishing from the visitors.

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"Today, we had just got the game where we wanted," said Solskajer. "We were winning 1-0, that's when you can get that counter-attack in football.

Solskjaer: United must be more clinical © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Manchester United - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - August 31, 2019 Southampton's Kevin Danso fouls Manchester United's Scott McTominay and is subsequently sent off by referee Mike Dean Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. "[We need to] be more clinical, ruthless, when we go forward, but it wasn't to be. We just gave them enough encouragement to stay in the game.

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Jordan Henderson told Liverpool to be more clinical in front of goal after a stalemate in the Merseyside derby "We created good chances but need to be more clinical and come away with one or two nil as we defended " United away and Everton away are tough and you can't win by four or five every week.

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"I don't know how many shots we've had today and in the last game against Palace, but it's a matter of taking [those] chances. That's what football is all about, getting it inside the posts. But we'll get there. We're working on it."

United have won just two of their last 13 games in all competitions under Solskjaer, but he insists he is seeing signs of progress from his young side as they adapt to a different playing style with an emphasis on counter-attacking.

Solskjaer: United must be more clinical © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Manchester United - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - August 31, 2019 Southampton's Che Adams in action with Manchester United's Harry Maguire Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details. "We have dominated the last three games and we know that we are on the right track, getting used to that way of playing," he said.

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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunner Solskjaer has said that his side must be patient and precise in their match The manager said that remaining patient, but also being clinical in the final third, are both crucial Wolves are very good at counter-attacking, and United also can’t get complacent at the back.

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"The last three games haven't given us many points in return, but we're getting there. We're getting better and better at playing this way and we've got to get used to it. It's a young team that will get used to it."

Praise for James

James' goalscoring performance was a bright spot on another disappointing day for United. The 21-year-old has scored three goals in his first four appearances for the club and Solskjaer is delighted with his impact.

"He has come in and made an impact ever since day one in training," he said.

Solskjaer: United must be more clinical © Getty Daniel James celebrates his opener

"I think he is an example to everyone in football. He had his period on loan and didn't get games, but now he's scoring goals and he's our top scorer.

"That comes through his personality, his habits. He's humble, he works hard, and he knows he can improve. Today, he knows he could have scored one or two more.

"We'll work with him. We'll work to get his quality even higher, even better, and then we'll have a top, top player on our hands."

In defence of Lindelof

Solskjaer also came to the defence of Victor Lindelof. The Swede was deemed to be at fault for Crystal Palace's opening goal at Old Trafford last weekend and he was beaten in the air again for Vestergaard's equaliser at St Mary's.

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"As a centre-back, once in a while you do lose a header and sometimes it's just in those patches where it costs the team," said Solskjaer.

"Last week, he lost one header, that was a flick-on and they scored. Today, he lost a header and it became a goal.

Solskjaer: United must be more clinical © Getty Victor Lindelof's display impressed his manager "You don't expect your centre-back to win every single one. It's not like he's a little boy either, this Vestergaard.

"We should have done better and stopped the cross, but those were the 10 seconds that they created something. Apart from that, I thought Victor did well."

Solskjaer also confirmed that Paul Pogba had twisted his ankle but insisted there is no chance of the Frenchman leaving OId Trafford for Real Madrid before Monday's European transfer deadline.

"He'll be playing for us," he said.

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