Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hardly hide his glee at his side’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday night.
United fell behind on a goal from Mohamed Salah but quickly came back through Mason Greenwood. Marcus Rashford put the Red Devils in the lead after the break but after another strike from Salah, it was Bruno Fernandes who stepped in to seal the win with an excellent free kick.
The game saw United show a lot more attacking intent than in the 0-0 draw between these two sides a week earlier, and Solskjaer admitted it was a real joy to see his side put Liverpool to the sword. with such flair.
“It’s fantastic to win games against last year’s champions – they’re a fantastic team and we’ve had good results over the past two years playing on different systems, but today we have well played and won on our terms, ”Solskjaer said (via Sky Sports News).
“We have found a way that we and the players believe in and we are just getting stronger and stronger. Our mentality of coming back from 1-0. We’ve shown it so many times this season. Physically, we got stronger and stronger and lasted a lot longer until the end of the games.
“We look at the difference from a year ago and six months ago… you can’t make too much big progress at one point, but layer by layer we’re getting better and better, winning close matches. . Morale and confidence is of course very good.
“For us it’s a good feeling to play on our terms. We have had good results in recent years, playing with the diamond or with a 3-5-2 … different systems to cancel the opponents but to win today with a positive selection and in the way we see our team , this is a statement to ourselves. It is the renewed confidence that we can match the best with our style of football. “
It was not all good for United, however, as striker Rashford was sent off in the dying embers of the game due to what appeared to be a knee injury. He was replaced by Anthony Martial and headed straight into the tunnel.
“Hopefully,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport when asked if Rashford’s problem was only minor. “His knee was bothering him, so have a scan tomorrow and we’ll see where we’re at.”
United’s reward for the win is a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will host David Moyes’ West Ham United at Old Trafford.
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