Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has disclosed the tactic he deployed to outsmart Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola as his boys enjoyed a 2-0 victory over their rivals in the derby at Old Trafford last Sunday.
The result saw them completing the league double over the Citizens for the first time since 2009/10 and sealing a third victory against Guardiola’s men this term.
The manager spoke to MUTV, Sky Sports and at the post-match press conference after a memorable and raucous late afternoon at the Theatre of Dreams, with the crowd still buzzing long after the final whistle after goals by Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay.
Speaking of his tactical superiority, he said: “At times, we pressed and pushed them back and we tried to be aggressive with the wing-backs and three up front. So we ended up with three at the back, and, when we hit the press, I think we made them make mistakes and, of course, we’re happy with the result
“I can’t put my finger on anything, but, at times, you’d like to defend with the ball sometimes but I’m not going to complain.
“Anthony and Bruno [Fernandes] have hit it off but Bruno is that type of player. Of course, we’ve got set routines and I’ve seen them do it before. We’re going to improve as a team, they’re going to improve as players, because, you know, there were two or three times today, head up and we score goals.
“Twice Dan James could just square it, once for Bruno, one for Anthony. Anthony should square it for Bruno. Those little things they’ll come, but it’s a privilege because they want to learn as well and they listen to the advice we give them.”