The Red Devils got back on track in the Champions League by beating Istanbul Basaksehir at an empty Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not taking Champions League development for given regardless of taking a giant step towards the last-16 with a 4-1 triumph against Istanbul Basaksehir
Having actually opened Group H with sensational success against Paris St Germain and RB Leipzig, defeat to the Turkish champions at the start of November threatened to thwart the Red Devils’ Group H campaign.
However United got back on track at an empty Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with Bruno Fernandes‘ brace added to by Marcus Rashford‘s penalty and a late goal from substitute Daniel James
The win implies Solskjaer’s side only need a point from their final 2 matches to qualify for the last 16, however next week’s home match against PSG and the journey to Leipzig have guaranteed the manager is not getting ahead of himself.
“The group is still very open,” the Norwegian stated.
” We have actually got 9, 2 on 6 points (PSG and RB Leipzig) and Basaksehir on 3, so we still need points to go through.
Edinson Cavani got his first Manchester United start (Martin Rickett/PA)
” One most likely need to suffice and 3 most likely offers you the win, so ideally against PSG we can secure the points we need however that’s another matter.
” Edinson (Cavani on his first start) and Donny (van de Beek) did truly well, both of them.
” Naturally I believed the entire team played truly well. We discovered our positions and the pace with the ball was truly good.
Bruno Fernandes, right, opened the scoring at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA)
“We deserved the win, of course, after that first half. Second half is always different and more difficult to keep the tempo when you’re winning 3-0.”
Fernandes’ stunner 7 minutes into the match was conveniently the emphasize of the clash.
Asked if he ever gets shocked by the Portuguese’s contribution, Solskjaer stated: “Not truly, no.
” Naturally we see him every day in training. When we got Bruno player the likes to, we understood what we were going likes to get. He’s a likes to score goals who
take dangers. He penalty produce opportunities, he to.
“He’s a winner, he wants the team to win and he wants the team to do well. I think it shows today that he can do more than just take penalties.”
Marcus Rashford scored a added to after Fernandes kept a pledge the striker (Martin Rickett/PA) Fernandes to have his thumping opener after Basaksehir goalkeeper to Mert Gunokfirst flapped at the portuguese and a cross looked set half the opportunity
conclude a regular penalty-home hat-trick.spot However United’s ball to taker– who fired to score the yards- kick that saw off West Brom on Saturday– selflessly offered the
“Of course, every player wants to score a hat-trick, you know?” Rashford
from 12 game.against Fernandes informed BT Sport.in” However after the next (
West Brom) in the Premier League I informed Rashy he will take the Champions one. I kept in mind that.think” Also Rashy is among the leading scorers to the
“As I say, it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties, the most important (thing) is scoring. When the team scores, I score too.”
League so I (*) it will be necessary for him (*) keep going there and taking that self-confidence.(*)