Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was happy to watch Manchester United’s ‘very professional performance,’ as they kept only their third clean sheet of the league campaign tonight.
Much has been made of Manchester United’s revival under the stewardship of Solskjaer, who had steered the Red Devils to three wins from his first three games in charge, scoring an impressive 12 goals in the process.
However, their winning run faced its most difficult challenge on Wednesday evening when they came up against a resolute Newcastle side at St.James’ Park.
United bagged their fourth win on the bounce with a 2-0 win though, with goals coming from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, and speaking after the game, the Norwegian coach admitted that while his side was ‘sluggish’ in the first half, he was delighted that they ground out the win and kept the first clean sheet of his tenure.
“Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.
“We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”