Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his squad showed its maximum capacity in the most unforgiving circumstances.
As the Covid-19 has dictated, professional footballers have been confined to training, match camps and home lockdown - and the same conditions have brought the very best out of Man United.
“[I’m] impressed. The way they handled the whole situation, the whole season, the whole pandemic and not being able to have your social life and have the time to switch off from football… normally, you go and meet your friends, you go to the cinema, you go out for a meal, you go to a concert. Now it's relentless,” Ole told the club’s website.
“It’s Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday. I've been impressed. That's the biggest message I've got out there, that this year has been the strangest of all our lives.
“We didn't live in the Second World War, thankfully, but these times and the restrictions have been almost as harsh. The way they've dealt with it? Absolutely brilliant,” concluded the 48-year-old Norwegian.
Up next for the Red Devils is a league trip to London to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.