Rio Ferdinand believes he knows how Manchester United can ‘evolve’ into a better team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United picked up a fantastic win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon – a victory that ended their rival’s 21-match winning run.
However, the visitors found some joy at the Etihad Stadium by pressuring their opponents high up the pitch.
The ex-United centre-back explained: “Tactically, I think Ole has us set up perfectly to win the big games against the teams that are going to have more possession.
“For against teams that are going to have the ball more than us, we are primed, we have the perfect personnel to play like that, on the counter-attack, our front threes are as good as anyone.
“That’s been proven over the last couple of years, but I also think that the game against Man City at the weekend was such a massive point in the right direction to how we can then evolve.
“We can press teams high up the pitch, all of this because for whatever reason we sit with a lower block and then counter on teams.
“We can win the ball high and hurt teams, it’s shown against the best team at passing the ball out from the back, possibly in Europe – Man City.
“We had them on the ropes for 20, 25 minutes from pressing, not even a full press, but actually just the intent to press and then go to punish.
“If we can convert that against the lesser teams, sometimes those teams come to Old Trafford, we go to their ground, and we get forced to sit back.
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Manchester United secured a memorable 2-0 derby victory over Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored the goals to clinch an unexpected, but empathic, victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops against the league leaders.
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“Brighton did it to us, they have the possession, but we have the players now – if they’re set up right and coached right to press high – then that’s a hard team to play against.”
United return to action on Thursday night when they take on AC Milan in the first-leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie.