Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has delivered his verdict on Manchester United’s heroic performance against Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United put newly-promoted Leeds to the sword in their first Premier League meeting at Old Trafford since 2004, picking up an astonishing 6-2 victory. With momentum swinging in their direction, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now reduced the gap on top-placed Liverpool to just five points.
It took United less than 120 seconds to get on the scoresheet and about that same to establish a two-goal cushion. It was all the Red Devils since that four-minute mark, with the likes of Bruno Fernades (2), Victor Lindelof, and Daniel James joining deadlock-broker Scott McTominay (2) on the board. Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas found the net for the visitors, who have suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat this season.
Indeed, Solskjaer has brutally exposed every flaw in Marcelo Bielsa’s attack-at-all-costs mentality. Manchester United gave Leeds a taste of their own medicine, punishing massive gaps between the lines with some fast-paced counter-attacking football. It, indeed, looked like the Norwegian outfoxed his counterpart in all segments of the game to lead his team to a seventh consecutive Premier League match without a loss (W6, D1).
Excited to see his men enjoying themselves on the field, Solskjaer was full of praise for United’s display during the post-game interview.
“That was fantastic from the first minute. We had a plan to get after them, go forwards when we had the ball, and Scott got two goals in the first three minutes!” he told Express Sport.
“Just imagine if there were 75,000 people in, it would have gone down in history as one of the great performances against Leeds.
“It could have been 12-4! It’s that kind of game.
“I enjoyed it, it was frantic, hectic. No matter what the score is, they have a certain attitude or style if they are 5-0 up or down.”