Manchester United win 'template' for future performances - Solskjaer

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a strong side that included Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford up top, while Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo were also recalled to the United line-up.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 22 minutes as Rashford's pass found the young Mason Greenwood, who cut onto his left before drilling the ball home from six-yards out. Inside the first 10 minutes alone, Rashford slashed a shot wide of the post from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross from the right and saw a point-blank effort saved by Partizan goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

"This is a little bit of a template of how we want to play". Going into half time with a 2-0 lead, you're confident.

"No disrespect to Partizan, but they gave us spaces".

The truth is it's far too early to say, but it was a night when they were treated to goals, entertainment and a win, all of which have been in short supply for far too long. I was very pleased with the finishes, all three were high class.

"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".

"We couldn't live with their tempo", Partizan manager Savo Milosevic said after the match.

United can now focus on domestic matters safe in the knowledge they are through to the last 32 in Europe, while victory in their final match against AZ Alkmaar on December 12 will ensure a top seeding in the last 32, no matter the result when they play Astana in Kazakhstan in three weeks.

"Mason showed great composure, ". Anthony's is probably the skill of the night and I'm very pleased Marcus scored with his left foot because he'll need more goals with his left so he can go inside and outside'.

The Red Devils return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Brighton, hoping to respond to last weekend's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

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