Solskjaer enthused by Reds' attacking display
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thrilled with Manchester United's energy and attacking verve in the 4-0 beating of bottom-side Norwich City.
The Reds' attackers enjoyed themselves in the Premier League clash, with Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his 200th appearance for the club. Anthony Martial netted a superb header and substitute Mason Greenwood came on to add his name to the scoresheet.
It could have been more, with Brandon Williams spurning a golden opportunity for his first strike at Old Trafford, during a dynamic display by the young left-back.
Find out what he said to MUTV, BBC Sport and at his post-match press conference...
Solskjaer’s verdict on Norwich winVideo
WORK-RATE WAS EXCELLENT
“I'm very happy. We started on the front foot. When you can walk off, and I am sure the opposition are talking about Man United as a very hard-working team, that is what I want from my team.
“In any Premier League game, you have to take advantage of the pressure and domination you get. The second half was very good.
“We're at home, we're winning 1-0. You could easily be disappointed towards the end of the first half that we don't go in two or three, but the way they chased about the pitch like a hunt of chasing dogs I'm really, really proud of.
SO MANY POSITIVES
“I thought Andreas [Pereira] started off really, really well for us. Anthony [Martial] with his chasing, Juan [Mata]'s quality showed, so I'm really pleased with the whole performance. Every time we lost the ball, you saw Anthony, Juan, Andy, they’re all chasing after the ball.
“And the save that David [De Gea] makes just before half-time is such a big one, both for him, us and the match, because, if they had come in here 1-1 at half-time, it would have been a different game. David was so confident and assured today.
“He's been absolutely sensational all season. The work-rate, attitude and the goals he scored today. The first one, a good finish. The second one was very calm and composed on his penalty. Remember, we missed two against these last game, and he was practising penalties yesterday, so I was quite confident.
“What an achievement to get to 200 games at his age. He’s been absolutely top class to work with. He’s a great kid, with a great attitude. He wants to learn, wants to improve, and knows to keep his feet on the ground. He’s always available and he’s carrying quite a few knocks but there’s no way he’s going to say to me before the game that he doesn’t want to play.”
MASON THE MARKSMAN
“You expect him to hit the target. It was a great goal and I’m delighted I’ve got three centre-forwards scoring today. We've just got to keep our feet grounded with him, and he will have to keep his feet grounded, but he is exceptional in front of goal. He is a top, top talent and a finisher of the best quality.
IS WILLIAMS NOW FIRST CHOICE?
“We want to get to a place where players understand that, if I play well, I’ll keep my place. If I don’t, there’s competition behind us. There’s good competition there now [at left-back] and Brandon has never let us down. Another excellent performance by him.
“His hunger is definitely a a lesson for everyone who wants to be a footballer, the attitude he’s showing. It’ll be up to him and to me and the club, to keep him that hungry. I don’t expect him to change because he’s got the heart for it and when you have it, you have it.”
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