Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that Manchester United were not "lousy" in the defeat in the Arsenal Premier League.
The unbeaten record of United's Premier League of 12 matches ended with a 2-0 at Arsenal, where Romelu Lukaku squandered at least three chances, Marcus Rashford wasted a free header and United struck twice the wood.
The Arsenal victory meant they jumped on United to come back fourth, but Solskjaer was optimistic in his post-match briefing at the Emirates stadium. When asked to evaluate his three-month term as United, Solskjaer again focused on the Arsenal game.
"You are always measured on results," Solskjaer said. "But we played a good game against Arsenal, we played a lot worse and won games and this is the strange thing when you are a manager.
"You can look behind the result and say it was a good performance and we didn't get what we deserved, sometimes you say it was a bad performance and we won, and you're happy, so it's weird.
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"The Arsenal, very disappointed in the result and hurts more than anything, but we can't look at the performance and say we were s *** because we weren't, to be honest and frank! We played well.
"We did well, of course. We allowed ourselves a great opportunity to enter and in the top four we are in the quarter-finals of the Cup, both in the FA Cup and in the Champions League. On a good run, now it's the time for a squeaky ass as the specialist said, but it tightens and April and May is always the time in Man United, we begin to narrow the focus and now it's about winning trophies, really using the team, it's always been April or May that we've had it done.
"I didn't have a program, I had until May to do everything I could with the team and, of course, play style, mood, results, everything was fine, but then again football kicks you in the teeth sometimes and it's always the next day, so I don't look back.
"If we get to the FA Cup semi-final, then maybe I'll have a couple of days at home."
United heads the Wolves for the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday night, but will not play again until the visit of Watford on March 30, due to the spring internationals. No more than 11 United players could represent their countries at the senior level in the next two weeks, but Solskjaer does not see it now that international futures arrive as much as US supporters.
"It is not beautiful," stressed Solskjaer. "I will have a few days at home and hopefully I will go somewhere with the family. Players who have been injured must train hard and get in shape, April and May will be important, and those who have played a lot will play they will play with their international teams then I hope they will get back into shape ".