Solskjaer praises squad after ‘fantastic’ 5-1 thumping

Date published: Saturday 14th August 2021 3:27 - Jason Soutar

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on his team after they demolished Leeds United 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils started the 2021/22 campaign in the best way possible by defeating their arch-rivals in such a stylish fashion.

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba starred as the former bagged a hat-trick.

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Pogba provided four assists, overtaking his assist tally of three for the 20/21 season.

And Solskjaer has claimed that his team deserves the headlines after a terrific opening day performance.

“Of course when Bruno scores three and Paul gets four assists, the headlines are going to be about them two,” he told BBC‘s Match of the Day.

“But for me it’s about the team. Those two can produce the big moments because of what’s around them. Mason [Greenwood]’s development has been great. He’s become a man compared to two years ago.”

On his squad: “I’m very happy with the status at the moment. We waited for Raphael [Varane] to get everything sorted. That meant a lot to the fans, and Jadon [Sancho] will get better and better. We’ve got a few more coming back, so good times.”

Varane was presented to the Old Trafford crowd before kick-off after he finally completed his transfer from Real Madrid.

The fans were excellent throughout, and the ex-Molde boss was delighted to see a full house for the first time since March 2020.

“It creates and sets the mood when you see the fans driving to the stadium,” he said.

“You get the butterflies again. Suddenly it’s a game that matters. We felt extra responsibility because it’s been so long without them. They mean so much to us. To have that love from the fans is so important.”

When asked about United’s overall performance, OGS said: “I couldn’t have asked for more. You’re always a bit worried before the first game – fitness-wise have we done enough? Tactics-wise? The sessions have been geared just to this game. It’s been a fantastic day.”

Hat-trick hero Bruno has said that today was the “perfect day” for his team:

“Great performance by the team. Having the fans back gave them this joy and against a big rival like Leeds. Today was almost a perfect day, we conceded one goal but whatever we won and that is the moment important.”

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