Solskjaer: "I'll remember managing Manchester United for the rest of my life"


"You can't always play fantasy football".

"You can argue for many strikers but I'm glad he's in my team", said Solskjaer, himself a former United forward.

Despite picking up all three points, today's 2-1 win over Brighton was probably Manchester United's worst performance under the stewardship of Solskjaer, with Chris Hughton's side frustrating the hosts for large portions of the game.

His 41st goal in his 150th United appearance was a brilliant effort shaped into the top corner and Solskjaer revealed he has worked on the mental side of the game with Rashford. It is great working with him. He's now calmed down in front of goal, he's very assured, he's practicing all the time - that's his technique but it's also a mindset. "At times we did and it's a great three points".

United's win was their seventh in a row in all competitions, as Solskjaer became the first manager in the club's history to win his first six league matches in charge.

It was his fourth goal in four consecutive games, and it would turn out to be decisive, as Manchester United moved to within touching distance of the Premier League's top four. "He had missed some chances and I said "no problem, you'll be alright, just settle down a little bit".

"The gaffer [Ferguson] used to challenge us at times with 'Why can't you win 10 games on the bounce?'" Solskjaer said.

"We did show character after that, but it should never have got to that stage".

Solskjaer, who is Manchester United's record goalscorer as a substitute, added that Lukaku is now in a similar position to he was during his time at Old Trafford, where he often sat behind Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham in the pecking order.

The Seagulls boss added: "But as with any team that want to press high with the energy that they do, there are areas to exploit".

"When you are playing at Manchester United you are good enough to know how to play the game and to know what you have to do on the pitch".

"I think Manchester United - certainly over the last 20, 30 years, since Alex Ferguson - have based themselves on youth players, young players, bringing players through".

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