Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greets January signing sessions Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greets January autograph sessions Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo after their impressive screenings in Bruges win
- Manchester United defeated Belgian opponents Club Brugge 5-0 against Old Trafford
- Bruno Fernandes pulled the strings in the first half – scored the opening goal
- The player deflected a spectacular handball from defender Simon Deli
- Fernandes played a crucial role in the second of United for Odion Ighalo’s first goal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the acquisitions of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in January after Manchester United moved on to the final 16 of the Europa League.
United rejected Belgian opponents Club Brugge 5-0 at Old Trafford to win 6-1 in total.
Fernandes pulled the strings in the first half and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot after a spectacular handball by defender Simon Deli, who was eliminated.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised January signatures Bruno Fernandes (C) and Odion Ighalo (L)
The Portuguese then played a crucial role in the second for Ighalo before Scott McTominay, after a welcome return to the starting line-up, picked up a third before the break.
Fred’s two late goals emphasized United’s superiority, and Solskjaer was understandably excited when he thought about the performance.
The Norwegian said: ‘I am very happy tonight. It is clear that we are in a moment when we rotate a bit, players get games, but if you score goals and play like that, you get more confidence.
“It was great to see the start of the game, I thought they had the right intention, created a lot of opportunities, and when they go to 10, the game was of course more or less finished.”
Solskjaer was understandably floating when he reflected the performance on his part
Fernandes has had a huge impact since his move from Sporting Lisbon, while Ighalo got a first start since his surprise loan signed with Shanghai Shenhua and reacted forcefully.
“Bruno coming in makes a big, big difference,” said Solskjaer. ‘You can see that he has a hand in all three first goals. What a pass, what a goal was the goal of Odion.
‘I am also very happy with Odion’s contribution, which does what he does. He is a goalkeeper, we can play against him, he will hold it, he has Juan (Mata) and Bruno beside him and you have runners then.
‘I think as a co-striker I know how important that first goal is. He has been close a few times, you can see he is sniffing targets. He wants to be where it sometimes hurts. That goal, he’s sharp in his head. That is a natural point. “
Bruno Fernandes made it 1-0 after Simon Deli was sent for a handball
Two goals for Fred were another big positive for United, with the Brazilian finding it just for United for the first time since September 2018.
“I wasn’t sure I would live the next time he started scoring a goal,” Solskjaer said with a smile.
“Only one with his right, one with his left. It was of course a constant joke between us, but he has that goal and I am very pleased with him. “
The only bad news for United was a thigh injury to Anthony Martial who forbade him from the team.
Solskjaer is waiting to find out if the attacker could be available against Everton on Sunday and said: ‘He left training yesterday, has just received treatment. He tried today, he reported, had a fitness test this morning. “
Odion Ighalo then opened his account for Man United when he tapped Juan Mata’s pass
Bruges boss Philippe Clement found that his team had a hard time making referee decisions over the two games, citing a possible penalty for an early challenge from Harry Maguire to David Okereke.
At Deli’s moment of madness, Clement said: “It was a reaction, it was not the intention. He apologized to the team. It is also over for us because he has already done a very good season.
“We know that Manchester is a better team. I said before the two games that we have to play above our top and that the circumstances must go our way. Certainly, the circumstances did not go our way. “