Solskjaer salutes United of old after City win

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side looked like the old Manchester United as they inflicted a damaging derby defeat on champions Manchester City.

United boss Solskjaer hailed the best performance of his reign as first-half goals from Marcus Rashford, from the penalty spot, and Anthony Martial set up a 2-1 Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium.

It was a thrilling encounter, although the game was marred by crowd problems including an alleged racial gesture from a City supporter towards a United player and the throwing of missiles.

While City were left to rue a defeat that left them 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, it was a result that breathed further life into United’s campaign after their midweek victory over Tottenham.

Asked if it was the best his side had played, Solskjaer said: “If you consider who we were playing against and where we were playing them, yes, I think so.

“We were playing against a team with some top players and they’re going create chances against any team, but we did our best to make this an entertaining game because the chances we created were massive.”

Both of United’s goals came in the first half during a spell of counter-attacking football that also saw Rashford shoot wide when well placed and hit the bar. Ederson was also forced to make a number of saves.

City boss Pep Guardiola claimed his side’s approach was no different than normal but on this occasion they were punished by a clinical United.

With Liverpool beating Bournemouth earlier in the day, City’s hopes of winning a third successive title are receding rapidly, but they will battle on regardless.

“If we were only five points behind, 10 points, 14, 20 – we would have to continue,” Guardiola said. “I have said many times in the last weeks we have to continue. If we are not able we are going to try next season.”