Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Bruno Fernandes’ sturdy mentality and a advantageous Marcus Rashford purpose as two of the few positives Manchester United may take from their win at Brighton.
United had been lucky to safe a 3-2 victory on the Amex Stadium, indebted to a last-gasp Fernandes penalty for the factors, which was awarded by the VAR following a Neal Maupay handball.
Rashford had earlier made it 3-2 with a superb solo purpose, however Solly March pegged United again.
Solskjaer instructed MUTV that United had been nonetheless approach off the tempo when it comes to health, however clung onto Fernandes and Rashford — and the actual fact United salvaged a win late on — as vivid spots from the sport.
“At this level within the season, it is vital for us to get three factors,” he mentioned. “It has been a protracted very long time since we gained a sport in direction of the tip, perhaps since PSG. Final season we had so many attracts, 12 or one thing. We did not win late on in video games like we used to do at this membership. It is a part of the historical past of this membership, so very more than happy with that.
“They’ve dug in, labored exhausting. We all know we’re not match but and you’ll see they had been fitter than us, however they’re truly one of many groups within the league who run essentially the most, so we knew it would be a tough sport bodily. We’re not there but.
“We’ll get there. The response to each objectives was sensible. We did not play earlier than the primary purpose and the response to the final one was nice.”
On Fernandes, he mentioned: “Very sturdy mentally, that is a giant a part of being a penalty taker. Goalkeepers and penalty-takers have to maintain their focus and be mentally sturdy.
“Bruno has bought one of many strongest mentalities I’ve come throughout.
“I am very completely happy for Marcus to get that purpose. He was simply a few inches offside on a counter-attack from Mason’s cross.”
Solskjaer claimed he noticed a marginal enchancment from United’s opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, however admitted that his aspect didn’t benefit all three factors.
“We did see some moments we did not see final week, so we’re getting a bit higher,” he added. “So generally you need to admit to getting away with one. We did not deserve a couple of level.
“We have to cease crosses higher, we have to get in blocks within the field higher. Crossbar a number of occasions, although I believe David [de Gea] had most of them in management. Higher ending from them and so they may get three factors.”