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Solskjaer: “We’ve just got to stay together and keep working.” Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Solskjaer: “We’ve just got to stay together and keep working.” Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Solskjaer: “We’ve just got to stay together and keep working.” Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised he would "get the good times back" at Manchester United and satisfy the fans who again aimed their anger at the Glazer family and Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman.

During the 6-0 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers, the vast majority of visiting United fans sang a number of chants aimed at the club's hierarchy, urging the Glazers to sell and Woodward to go.

United manager Solskjaer was asked afterwards for his response, and said: "We've just got to stay together and keep working. Try to win the next one and the one after that and then we'll get the good times back. Supporters are always happier when you win games."

Solskjaer knew that the pressure would mount on him if United had slipped up against Tranmere and he hailed the performance of his team, having selected a strong line-up.

"Attitude, spot on. Difficult pitch, but we went about it the right way," he said. "We worked hard, we played simple, but effective. We played the right way."

The victory, despite being against modest opponents, will come as a relief ahead of Wednesday's League Cup semi-final second leg away to Manchester City, with United 3-1 down. They then face a crucial Premier League game at home to Wolves before the February winter break, with their next away game at Chelsea on February 17.

"The last two games before the break are important," said Solskjaer. "Today was a game that everyone, apart from United fans, wanted us to lose, so there's been a bit of pressure on them (the players)."

Solskjaer ordered 18-year-old Mason Greenwood to take the second-half penalty which wrapped up the scoring. Phil Jones and captain Harry Maguire relayed the message after Andreas Pereira had readied himself for the kick.

"I told them to tell Mason to take it," Solskjaer said. "Strikers should always want to take penalties, give him some responsibility. Maybe the first 15 minutes was a culture shock for him, because it's a different type of football than he's used to."

Maguire, who scored his first goal for the club, said: "We set our stall out to put in a positive performance for the fans. We're in the next round which is what we came to do.

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