Solskjaer urges Manchester United to ‘play simple’ as he eyes a few months without international distractions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to ‘play simple’ footbll as his side bid to put together a consistent run of results this season.

Bruno Fernandes’ twice-taken penalty secured the Red Devils their second successive league win with a 1-0 victory over a stubborn West Brom this weekend, remarkably their first home victory in five league fixtures at Old Trafford so far this season.

It was a welcome three points for a below-par United who now sit five points adrift of the Champions League places having played a game less than fourth-placed Leicester, and Solskjaer is hopeful their back-to-back wins can prove the start of an up-turn in form.

The Norwegian has spoken of the difficulties in preparing for fixtures given the congested schedule and distraction of the three international breaks to date, and hopes an extended period together can lead to improvements for his side following an inconsistent start to the season.

“Now we’ll have three or four months together and it’s about staying together, sticking together, sticking to the way we want to play games and improve every time,” said Solskjaer at his post-match press conference.

“Defensively we’re getting there, definitely. We’re working hard, closing down, not conceding many chances, and we created enough chances to win this comfortably as well, but we need to be more clinical.

“We’ve got plenty of quality but sometimes the easiest – or the most difficult thing – is to play simple.

“Sometimes today, we wanted to over-complicate things. Yeah, we want players to seize moments of opportunity, but we need more flow, more rhythm, more passes, make the opposition move.

“It could have been simpler. I know the players have been travelling away on international duty, and we just had this morning to prepare for this game.

“Hopefully we can hit some form like we did towards the end of last season.”

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