Manchester United win 'template' for future performances - Solskjaer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been asking his Manchester United team to get more "second goals", and when it came against Partizan Belgrade on the way to a 3-0 victory, it was nearly - almost - worth the wait.

McTominay's injury was initially deemed the most serious and Solskjaer told reporters immediately after last night's game that he wasn't sure if the midfielder would recover in time to take on the Seagulls on Sunday despite the player insisting he would be "fine". However, one club great still had one criticism regarding their performance. With 20 minutes still to play at Old Trafford, they had managed 14 shots and seven on target.

"If he'd really stamped his authority in training every single day and been the best option, he would have played every game, but as a young boy you expect ups and downs and he's had some downs". Of course we should have had quite a few more as well, but the first one settles us down I think. He said he was going to be OK out on the pitch because he is tough but then he had to come off.

"We couldn't live with their tempo", Partizan manager Savo Milosevic said after the match. "They gave us spaces after the first goal, they went forward".

Mata added: "Especially in the first half we played good football".

"But that was pleasing for me, that we went forward, and needed the second and third because too many times we have been 1-0 up and haven't gone for the second or got the second".

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Scott McTominay had to be withdrawn in the 75 minute after picking up a knock with Harry Maguire also looking to be struggling with something during the second 45.

"I think he realises he is one game away from the clouds circling again".

"[Whether] that is a game with his mates in the park or a cup final he will finish the same".

Partizan were a far cry from the side that threatened United a fortnight ago, but head coach Savo Milosevic had no complaints.

Solskjaer acknowledged a comparison between the finishing of Greenwood and former United striker Robin Van Persie, as well as nodding to a personality as adaptable as his footwork.

"We are honestly relieved to be done with Manchester and put that burden behind ourselves".