Ole: We were back to our best

Ole: We were back to our best

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed by his side's performance in the Europa League Round of 32 match on Thursday night. 

The Reds thumped Spanish side Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, to all but put one leg in the next round. 

Talisman Bruno Fernandes scored a brace, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James adding a goal each.

It was the improved performance that impressed Ole Gunnar, whose, side has stuttered in recent games. 

“We spoke about it before the game that we need to be back to ourselves. Not more direct but attack quicker, see where there is a chance and we knew it was an away game, even if it was at a neutral venue, we knew the goals were going to count more for us.

"So why not take a risk, go forward, risk some balls in behind? We knew they would have a high line and not have the same pace as Marcus and Dan so we targeted those spaces. We just wanted to be back to ourselves again.

"The last few weeks, I don’t know how you say it in English but it’s been staccato, stop-start and we’ve not really performed. It was about finding ourselves, being positive, having courage and running until you have to come off.”

Up next for United is Newcastle, and Solskajer knows the challenge that awaits them. 

“Of course, it’s such a tight schedule and, as you saw today, we rotated quite a bit and made some changes after about an hour. It’s good for minutes and for form and for everyone. We’ve got to make changes, keep freshening up and then Sunday already, here we go again.”

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