Countering at pace part of United’s DNA, says Solskjaer
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer says counterattacking is part of United’s identity and should not be viewed as a negative. The Reds forced City keeper Ederson into three saves, scored twice and hit the woodwork inside the first 30 minutes of their derby triumph. Counter-attacking has become a hallmark of Solskjaer’s reign and they went from bottom to top for ‘fast breaks’ within six months of his caretaker appointment last December.
United ruthlessly exposed City’s makeshift defence with a front four of Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with the latter two claiming the goals. “We’ve worked on them ever since I came because that’s Man United,” Solskjaer said.
“You can call it counter-attacking, it sounds very negative, really.
“For me it’s quick, attacking, flowing football with the right intent and when we win it, there’s no use of keeping it back to the ‘keeper if the chances are there to play through them and we did.
“Some great intent of passing forward and we’ve got players playing with pace and quality and skill and I wouldn’t want James, Lingard or Rashford running at me.
“So we knew that was a chance for us to create chances and we did today and many of them, plenty of them.”