(Manchester United – RB Leipzig 5-0) Ole Gunnar Solskjær (47) hit on everything from the sidelines when he won the “Norwegian” duel against Alexander Sørloth (24), who made his debut in the Champions League.
– This is one of the biggest triumphs Solskjær has had as Manchester United manager, says Jan Åge Fjørtoft.
– It is quite a big sport by Solskjær. Very good match management. He hit perfectly with the battle plan and has hit to the degree perfectly with the changes he has made, says Viasport expert Lars Tjærnås.
– 5-0 was a very flattering result, Solskjær tempered himself in a Viasport broadcast interview.
Thanks to three goals by Marcus Rashford and one by both Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, Manchester United tops Group H in the Champions League with a full pot after two games.
And just like in the 2-1 victory over PSG, when Solskjær outmaneuvered Thomas Tuchel, the Norwegian emerged victorious from a tactical battle against a German manager.
– Our players performed fantastically. The preparations were very good. They were looking forward to the match, because they knew it was going to be difficult. We were incredible, says Solskjær.
Julian Nagelsmann (33) leads a Leipzig team that usually creates chances in buckets and teams, but at Old Trafford they were completely silenced after Solskjær for the third game in a row changed formation. After 3–5–2 against PSG and 4–2–3–1 against Chelsea, United were 4-4–2 with a diamond-shaped midfield.
It gave the “red devils” the upper hand in an even, strategic and low-chance match. At the break, Greenwood, fine on the right side of the offside line, had sent United into the lead after a goal-scoring pass from Paul Pogba.
– Another tactical triumph of Solskjær, Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst wrote
after the first round.
After the break, United continued to neutralize Leipzig – until the hour had passed and Solskjær made his substitutions. In came Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. It had an immediate effect.
Fernandes played through Rashford alone with the goalkeeper, the Englishman was calm and controlled alone with the goalkeeper, and after a VAR check, the score was confirmed. Seconds later, the 22-year-old struck again, after Fred rapped the ball from a Leipzig player high in the field, and Rashford knocked the ball cash into the corner – to full cheers from Solskjær on the coaching bench.