Man Utd defenders told two areas they must improve by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his Manchester United defenders some food for thought following their first win of the season.

The Red Devils picked up their first three points of the campaign on Saturday afternoon thanks to a last-gasp victory at Brighton.

United ran out 3-2 winners at the Amex Stadium thanks to an own goal from Lewis Dunk, a stunning solo effort from Marcus Rashford and an injury-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes.

Solskjaer was thrilled to see his troops get off the mark, although he wasn't impressed with his team's defending.

The Norwegian was particular irked by his side's inability to deal with crosses and their apparent reluctance to block the ball in the box, which he lamented hin his post-match interview.

"We need to stop crosses better, we need to get in blocks in the box better," the former United striker said.

"Crossbar a few times, though I think David [De Gea] had most of them in control. Better finishing from them [Brighton] and they could get three points."

Solskjaer is all too aware of calls for him to sign a new defender – some of which have come from his former team-mates – but is adamant it's an area of his squad that doesn't need to be strengthened.

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"We've got many defenders here and I put Eric (Bailly) on to bolster the defence, following the runs of (Leandro) Trossard and (Neal) Maupay," Solskjaer said. "So, for me, we've got enough good centre-backs here at the moment.

"When you concede chances and concede goals there are two different things you can look at: it's the team shape or are there any individual mistakes.

"For me, we're not in our best shape of form, our shape isn't there, we're not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs.

"We're a little bit behind and that's structural mistakes than individual mistakes. I thought Victor did well today."

United will be back in action on Wednesday night, returning to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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