Solskjaer: What really pleased me about Man United’s 2-1 win at Man City

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was delighted with his team's derby performance

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his biggest takeaway from the Manchester derby was that his players really looked like a Manchester United team.

The Red Devils were 2-1 winners against defending Premier League champions Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday evening to land their biggest win of the 2019-20 season so far.

Marcus Rashford netted a 23rd-minute penalty before Anthony Martial squeezed a finish past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson six minutes later.

Nicolas Otamendi then scored a late consolation for the hosts as the Red Devils claimed the win.

Manchester United’s counter-attacking play blew away Manchester City in the opening half hour before Solskjaer’s men showcased their resilient side to dig deep for the last 60 minutes.

The Red Devils bolstered their top-four hopes with their victory over Manchester City after they moved to within five points of Chelsea FC in fourth spot.

However, Solskjaer admitted that his biggest source of satisfaction was his players producing a performance worthy of the great Manchester United teams of the Premier League era.

“We do look like a Man United team, and that’s the big thing for me,” Solskjaer said in his post-match media conference at The Etihad.

“I’ve seen the improvement since I came. Of course we’ve had to reshape the squad, change the culture of the squad, change the way we want to play.

“Even though I remember last season’s away game, it’s not nice to see that City are so much better than us, they’re the best team in the world, but today we’ve come away with some dignity.”

“We’ve worked on counter-attacks ever since I came to the club. That’s Man United. It sounds negative, the ‘counter-attack’, but for me it’s quick, attacking, flowing football, with the right intent.”

Solskjaer’s sentiments were echoed by his former captain Roy Keane, who raved about their “proper Manchester United performance” in their derby against the title holders.

The Red Devils will return to Premier League action next Sunday when they take on Everton at Old Trafford in search of a third successive top-flight victory.

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