Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised Manchester United fans more of the same after their 3-0 win against Partizan Belgrade.

The Norwegian has endured a torrid start to the season, which has seen his side flounder in the Premier League with just three wins so far.

A meagre return of just 13 goals in 11 games has been at the root of United’s problems, but Solskjaer claims his side finally produced the football he plans to bring to the club as they booked their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford fired United to victory – but the winning margin could have been even more emphatic.

Solskjaer said: “This is a little bit of a template on how we want to play – but opponents have to allow you to play this way as well.

“They gave us spaces after the first goal and went forward – but it was pleasing for me.

“We needed a second and third. Too many times we’re 1-0 up and haven’t got the second – but it’s learning.

“These boys are learning and tonight will give them loads of pointers on how we play when performing well.

“The opponent is not the same as in the Premier League, but they are still good principles.”

Solskjaer was rewarded for naming a forward line full of attacking intent in Rashford, Martial and Greenwood.

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United secured qualification from Group L with two games to spare, which could prove crucial to their hopes of turning around their league form.

Solskjaer added: “I’m very happy. That was the reason we played the three. If we played a strong team and took chances.

“We had players to take them and I’m very pleased with all the finishes – all three were high class.

“We should have had quite a few more as well, but the first settles us down.

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“Mason showed great composure. Anthony’s is probably the skill of the night and Marcus, I’m very pleased he scores with his left foot because he’ll need more goals with his left foot.”

Qualification means Solskjaer can afford to rest his players for the exhausting trip to Astana in Kazakhstan at the end of the month.


“We wanted to get through as quick as we could,” he said. “That long trip is not one you want to travel to when we have to win. It might be a possible to rest a few and be ready for a tough week after that game, Villa, Spurs and City that week.”

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