Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United’s ‘fantastic goals’ as the club sealed a vital 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace to maintain their hopes of securing Champions League qualification.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored the goals as United extended their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions, victory moving the Red Devils level with fourth-placed Leicester and just a point adrift of Chelsea in third.
United were made to work hard for their victory but sealed three points courtesy of two brilliantly worked goals, Rashford opening the scoring with a clever turn and finish before Martial capped a free-flowing team move to ensure victory in the second half.
Solskjaer was pleased to see his side maintain their push for a top-four finish and continue their impressive form either side of the Premier League’s restart, hailing the quality of his side’s goals as they broke down a stubborn Palace rearguard.
“It is a tight game and didn’t get the rhythm in our passing but two fantastic goals won it for us,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“The finish was great for Marcus Rashford’s goal but there was quick inter-changing passing in the build-up. We did not do it enough cause they are handful to play against, they have to trust themselves more.
Palace had their chances and saw a goal ruled out for a marginal offside after consultation with VAR, whilst the home side were also aggrieved to have not won a penalty after Victor Lindelof tangled with Wilfried Zaha in the penalty area.
Solskjaer believes the referee Graham Scott made the right call, however, insisting the Swede first made contact with the ball before Zaha’s tumble.
“It looked like Victor Lindelof kicks the ball first and it is a tight decision but probably the same on Anthony Martial. I don’t think it was a penalty.
Solskajer believes his side are playing with freedom and confidence after extending their unbeaten run, but warned they can ill-afford any more slow starts despite the fixtures coming thick and fast at present.
“When we got the second goal, that is when they started strutting about. It is tight scheduling but we cannot afford starts like this,” the Norweigan coach continued.
“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are enjoying themselves, when they go out onto the pitch for a shift, they go out with a smile and they defend each other too.
“We need to smile and go into this, we have earned this right, no-one thought in January that we would be in with a shout for top four. We have done fantastic since the restart. These are the games that matter. That is the thing at Manchester United, you have to step up and show your personality.”