‘This is a little bit of a template on how we want to play’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenges Manchester United squad to replicate attacking form they showed against Partizan Belgrade on a more regular basis to improve form
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Manchester United have discovered an attacking ‘template’ after seeing his team despatch Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.
Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were all on target as United answered their manager’s call for a more adventurous performance.
Now Solskjaer hopes his team can do it on a more regular basis even though he accepts it will not always be this easy.
Manchester United’s attacking display against Partizan Belgrade can be a ‘template’ from now
That is the hope of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he urged his side to replicate it more regularly
‘This is a little bit of a template on how we want to play,’ said the United boss.
‘We needed a win but we needed a performance in which the boys wanted to go forward. We could have had loads more tonight, but it was a pleasing performance.
‘You expect to win at home against teams like this, no disrespect by Partizan. We should have buried it in the first 10 minutes really. Going into half time with a 2-0 lead, you’re confident.
Teenage striker Mason Greenwood (right) opened the scoring at Old Trafford on Thursday
The Norwegian manager admits he was urging his side to add goals when they were 1-0 up
‘It was pleasing for me. We needed the second and third goals because too many times we’re 1-0 up and haven’t done that.
‘But these boys are learning and tonight will give them loads of pointers of how we play when we’re performing well. The opposition is not the same as Premier League but they are still good principles.
‘That was the reason we played the three up front. I was very pleased with the finishes, all three were high class.
‘Mason showed great composure, the keeper goes early and changes his mind. 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.’
Victory puts United into the knockout phase ahead of their trip to Astana of Kazakhstan at the end of the month.
Anthony Martial produced a brilliant move and finish for 2-0 as United took control of the tie
And then Marcus Rashford sealed it to ensure United progressed to the knockout stages
‘We definitely wanted to get through as quickly as we can and that long trip is not one you want to travel to having to win,’ added Solskjaer.
‘It might be a possible to rest a few and be ready for a tough week after that game. We’ve got Villa, Spurs and City that week.’
Solskjaer was concerned about a foot injury sustained by Scott McTominay but the United midfielder said after the game that he didn’t think it was too serious.