Solskjaer: Man Utd players ‘enjoyed themselves’ in UCL victory

Date published: Tuesday 24th November 2020 11:20

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his players ‘enjoyed themselves’ in their 4-1 Champions League victory over Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Red Devils got off to an electric start with some devastating attacking moves.

They went ahead in the 7th-minute through midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes.

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The Portuguese international scored a thundering half volley from the edge of the box.

He scored again 12 minutes later after a shocking error from Basaksehir keeper Mert Gunok.

The Turkish shot-stopper dropped a United cross, allowing Fernandes to slot the ball home from close range.

Marcus Rashford then scored a penalty in the 35th-minute after being brought down in the box. That put Solskjaer’s side in the driving seat heading into half time.

Surprisingly, United failed to continue their impressive play in the second half as Basaksehir grew into the match.

The United defence gave Demba Ba multiple chances to score, although the former Chelsea man failed to convert.

Deniz Turuc scored a free kick in the 75th-minute to give the Turkish side some hope.

But Welsh international Daniel James scored on the counter-attack in stoppage time to secure the three points.

Speaking after the match, Solskjaer said: “I felt first half we saw the intent straight away, they wanted to play and they enjoyed it. It’s a Champions League night at Old Trafford, you’d expect them to enjoy themselves. We scored some very nice goals, I’m pleased.”

Speaking about recent signings Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek, he said: “The two are getting used to how we want them to play. Donny can play in different positions and Edinson is a good old fashioned number nine and we haven’t had that for a while.”

Despite being on for a hat trick, Fernandes gave the penalty to Rashford. When asked about this, Solskjaer said: “Marcus is a very good penalty taker and Bruno is very confident, if Bruno wants to give it to Marcus then why not? Anthony Martial took one against Leipzig too – why not share it around?”

Injuries to Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were two of the only negatives on the night. Solskjaer said about them: “Hopefully they’ll be ready for the weekend. It’s ankle for Aaron and back for Victor. There was no point taking anymore risks.”

The Red Devils now need one point from their final two games to progress into the next stage of the Champions League.

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