Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Leeds clash
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a new headache after his side’s victory over Leeds, with all of his midfielders currently in fine fettle. The Red Devils won 6-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday night. And that means that, should they win their game in hand, they’ll be just two points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
United entered the match against Leeds looking to continue their impressive Premier League form, with the club winning five of their last six matches in the competition.
And they got off to the perfect start when Scott McTominay fired them ahead in the second minute.
The Scotland international rifled home from the edge of the box after good work from Bruno Fernandes and, 60 seconds later, added a second.
McTominay finished neatly after some good footwork in the box, with Fernandes himself then getting in on the act.
Victor Lindelof scored United’s fourth and goal in the 37th minute, while Leeds were only able to respond through Liam Cooper four minutes later.
The Red Devils then added further strikes to their tally via Daniel James and Fernandes, consigning Marco Bielsa’s side to a heavy defeat in the process.
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For Solskjaer, there were positives aplenty – even though Leeds got another consolation late on.
But the form of his midfielders has given the Norwegian a brilliant new problem to solve, with all squad members looking currently back to their best.
His game was about far more than his goals, with the Scot cutting an energetic and enterprising figure throughout the contest at Old Trafford.
Fernandes, too, sparkled again with the Portugal international continuing to enhance his reputation as one of the best players in the top flight.
And Fred was Mr Disciplined in the middle of the park, keeping things neat and tidy allowing the club’s forward players to venture forward with gusto in the process.
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All three were impressive.
But sitting on the bench was Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, both players who produced fine displays in the 3-2 victory over Sheffield United on Thursday.
Solskjaer opened up on leaving Pogba out of his side before the game, saying: “It’s the time between every game.
“Nemanja and Paul played on Thursday night, now it’s Sunday, we’ve got another game on Wednesday so we’re not going to be able to recover 100 per cent before every game.
“So we might just have to rotate.”
But it mustn’t have been an easy decision for Solskjaer to make given the way Pogba stood out against Chris Wilder’s side in midweek.
Now, with the France international, Matic, Fernandes, McTominay and Fred all bang in form, Solskjaer has a selection dilemma on his hands.
And that’s without even factoring Donny van de Beek into the equation, with the Netherlands international left on the bench for yet another Premier League clash.
United are next in action against Everton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (8pm).
And who Solskjaer picks for that contest, with silverware at stake, remains to be seen.
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