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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United “did not deserve to win” in 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted his side did not deserve to beat Aston Villa in their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United went behind with Jack Grealish curling a fine effort past David de Gea before Marcus Rashford equalised.

Victor Lindelof put the hosts ahead for the first time but Tyrone Mings leveled for Villa moments after.

“First-half, it seemed like we couldn’t get to grips with going one-nil down,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the game.

United are without a win since November 10’s 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

“When you concede a goal as early as that at Old Trafford, you’ve got plenty of time to get back into the game, but I felt we didn’t deal with that particularly well and we were lucky to go in at half-time with one each.

“The second-half was good, we put pressure on them and created chances. They had a decent chance with Grealish, but we created loads of big ones that could have won this game.

“Overall, though, I don’t think we deserved to – especially after the first-half.”

The pressure increased on Solksjaer when Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Pochettino is big favourite to take over at Old Trafford, if the Norwegian is replaced, being priced at 11/10 (OddsChecker).

Solskjaer has insisted Pochettino’s availability “doesn’t bother” him despite the pressure on his job.

“It doesn’t bother me at all (Pochettino being available). I’ve got the best job in the world,” Solskjaer said after Pochettino was sacked.

“If you’re in a job, or if you’re out of a job and you’re a manager, you want this job. It doesn’t really matter whatever happens around. I’ve got to focus on my job at Manchester United and do it as well as I can.

“I speak with Ed Woodward and the owners all the time about how we’re going to move the club forward. That doesn’t change if some other clubs change their managers.”

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