Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Sunday, 27 September.
Solskjaer picks out two positives after Brighton win
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised two of his players after the team’s 3-2 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
The Norwegian singled out Bruno Fernandes’ strong mentality and a fine Marcus Rashford goal as two of the few positives the Reds could take from their win at Brighton.
United were fortunate to secure the win at the Amex Stadium and indebted to a last-gasp Fernandes penalty for the points, which was awarded by the VAR following a Neal Maupay handball.
Rashford had earlier made it 2-1 with a brilliant solo goal, but Solly March pegged United back.
On Fernandes, Solskjaer told MUTV : “Very strong mentally, that’s a big part of being a penalty taker. Goalkeepers and penalty-takers need to keep their focus and be mentally strong.
“Bruno has got one of the strongest mentalities I’ve come across.
“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack from Mason’s cross.”
Pogba will get ‘better and better’ – Solskjaer
Paul Pogba is still not fully fit despite recovering from coronavirus.
The United midfielder was substituted just after the hour mark in the second Premier League game running after another subdued performance.
The 27-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 last month and started training with United just over two weeks ago.
Solskjaer said : “He missed a lot of pre-season because of his illness.
“He’s not had internationals or the friendly against Villa. The two 65 minutes he’s had will help him along and he’ll just get better and better.”
Fernandes calls for improvement
Bruno Fernandes has told United what changes to make after their narrow victory over Brighton.
The Portuguese international stepped up to the mark after a VAR review and made no mistake from 12 yards, extending his incredible penalty record to give United three much-needed points.
But he admitted that the Reds may have been fortunate to win and highlighted a number of areas they must improve ahead of their Carabao Cup clash against the same opposition on Wednesday.
“It was a difficult game. Brighton have a really good team,” Fernandes told BT Sport .
“In the first half, we gave them too much space to play. We were not as aggressive as I wanted. We gave away two goals. The penalty I can do much better, the second goal we need to do much better also.
“We made some mistakes but we needed to believe until the end. We created chances, okay it was a penalty but we don’t know whether when [Maguire] headed the ball, maybe it goes at goal without the handball. We have to do much better looking forward against Brighton again.”