Following the game, the Reds' boss was full of praise for the team, and in particular Mason Greenwood, after the 18-year-old slotted home his 13th of the season to put United 1-0 ahead.
"He's a special kid"
Solskjaer started his praise of the teenager by stating "He's played fantastically." before going on further, "He’s a special kid and we know that when he gets his face up and looks forward that he’s dangerous, but his hold-up play, general play and link-up play was great. I’d have been proud of that goal."
When Greenwood broke onto the scene at the start of the season, few would have expected him to get as many starts, or goals, as he has in his first full season in the senior side. The Red Devils' Norweigen boss finished talk of the young talent by praising him even further, "He has a knack of that, he can go inside and outside, and he’s just as good with his right foot as he is with his left. He’s developing into a fine player and he's a special finisher, a special kid in and around the box and he's one of the better ones I've seen to be fair.“
Bruno continues to shine
Another player that United fans perhaps wouldn't have expected to have such a significant impact is January signing Bruno Fernandes, who now has five goals and three assists in eight Premier League games, following two more goals in this one.
After the game, Ole also praised his new signing, stating “I knew there was a leader there, a winner and we knew we needed that type of player. Fair play and well done to the club for making the deal happen."
Fernandes' second goal was a particularly spectacular counter-attack and was something that the manager also commented on, "His second goal was good defending on a set-play and we know we’ve got pace and we wanted to counter quickly. It was a great pass by Nemanja, a great cross from Mason and fantastically finished by Bruno so I’m very, very happy with all the goals.”
A team effort
As well as praising individuals, Solskjaer finished by praising the team as a whole. “You can see with the quality and talent we’ve got going forward that we have a foundation to play from, with a good shape and with good pressing." he started, before going on further, "We press high and also with a back four that’s used to each other and David [De Gea] made two tremendous saves, so there’s a load of reasons behind the clean sheets but that’s always the foundation in any team to be honest."
He then finished by stating "We know that we’re eleven men attacking and eleven men defending. We defend from the front.”
The Reds will next be in action at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, in yet another game that could be deemed a 'must-win' should United continue to pile the pressure on Chelsea and Leicester City in the race for the top four.