UNDER-21S

23/10/2008 08:00, Report by Steve Bartram

Resurgence pleases Ole

United's Reserves have shown the perfect response to their heartbreaking early-October defeat to Wigan, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Reds succumbed to a smash-and-grab raid against the Latics, but bounced back with wins over Bolton and Oldham, before a swaggering 3-0 victory at league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

"Once in a while it’s good for everyone to get a defeat, just to remind you how much it hurts," Ole told MUTV. "They’ve responded really well to that with three wins, so that’s what we’ve asked of them – consistency.

"Of course we’re delighted. You go into local derbies like this and you never know what you’re going to get. We just asked the lads to trust the way they play and trust why they have the red shirt on and keep playing the way we’ve always coached them to do and it paid dividends."

United were already edging a feisty derby when City were reduced to 10 men. Shaleum Logan was red carded for the concession of a penalty which Darron Gibson converted, but Solskjaer felt the dismissal ruined the game.

"When we got the penalty and they went down to 10 men, that spoiled the game a little bit," he said. "After that the game was over, but up until then I thought they did exactly what we asked for. They defended well and worked for each other, and it was perhaps our best performance of the season."

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