Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ordered his Manchester United squad to ‘keep their feet on the ground’ after their 2-0 win against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday, through fear that his side will repeat the mistakes of 12 months ago.
Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay helped United to their third victory against City so far this season and extended the side’s unbeaten run to ten matches in all competitions.
It’s United’s best run since Solskjaer was placed in interim charge, when he guided the club to ten wins and two draws during his first 12 matches in charge.
But sources have told Metro.co.uk that Solskjaer was quick to put a halt to the celebrations and challenged his side to reach that level on a more consistent basis.
Though United kept a clean sheet, Solskjaer wasn’t entirely pleased. The Norwegian felt United sat too deep in the second half and afforded City as much as 80% possession for passages of the match.
While Solskjaer knew a win was needed by all means necessary, he wants his side to adopt a more aggressive style of play and urged them to show more courage by pushing up the field.
Solskjaer made a pointed reference to United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in his post-match press conference and he warned his side that on another day they could have rued not wrapping the victory up earlier, with Daniel James and Martial both guilty of squandering golden opportunities.
United named Solskjaer permanent manager following his sensational run as interim boss but the Red Devils experienced a huge drop-off once he was appointed, which resulted in them missing out on a Champions League spot.
Solskjaer believes he’s eliminated players that caused that drop-off and has more faith in his current squad to stay level-headed but he’s nonetheless fearful that this could be another false dawn.