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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players after a four-goal blitz in the first half helped them beat bitter Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils shot out of the traps when Scott McTominay scored twice in the first three minutes, breaking a Premier League record in the process, and increased their lead before the break thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof.
Leeds did not score two of their own goals, interspersed between halves, but Daniel James’ fifth and a Fernandes penalty added sparkle to what was a very impressive United performance.
After the game, Solskjaer revealed that he had told his team to attack Leeds from the opening whistle, but insisted that he will not get carried away with United in third place in the table with only 13 games played.
“That was fantastic,” Solskjaer said. Sky sports. “From minute one we had a plan to chase them, move forward when we got the ball, and of course Scott scores two goals in the first three minutes, which is a great start to the game.
“We found a way to get going. Imagine if there were 75,000 people here, it would have gone down in history as one of Man Utd’s best performances against Leeds here at home.
“We are a third of the season, not even halfway there. So the position in the league is not something we are going to see. We look for improvement in the team, we look at the improvement in physical form, because we knew we were he’s going to lag behind in fitness and I think it showed in the first few games.
The Norwegian also touched on the open nature of the game, admitting that the score could have been much higher if both teams had seized the opportunity; United had 26 attempts at goal, while Leeds had 17 attempts of their own.
“You have to earn the right to win by running as much or even more than them,” Solskjaer added. “That’s a challenge against Leeds, who are one of the fittest teams in the league. It will be interesting to see the stats.
“Then the mark of man [by Leeds], there were a couple of moves we worked on that worked sometimes.
“It could or should have been 12-4! It was that kind of game. You know it’s going to be frantic, frantic against them. No matter what the result is, 5-0 or 5-0 down, or 0-0, they have a certain attitude and style that make you have to work and you have to concentrate every minute ”.