Coun­ter­ing at pace part of United’s DNA, says Sol­sk­jaer

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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.”

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