Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opens up on secret meeting after Brighton win

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed his squad had a meeting before lockdown that’s led to their improved Premier League form. The Red Devils are now 15 matches unbeaten across all competitions after a 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday. And, speaking after that match, the Norwegian hailed his side for their fitness levels.

United were brilliant against Brighton, easily swatting the hosts aside with ease on a comfortable night at the Amex Stadium.

Mason Greenwood scored the opening goal of the game in the 16th minute, cutting in on his favoured left foot to rifle a low drive past Mathew Ryan in the Albion goal.

And Bruno Fernandes then scored a spectacular brace, meaning United now sit just three points behind third-placed Leicester.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer cut a delighted figure.

And he opened up on a meeting the players had before lockdown, telling MUTV: “The players are fit.

“We did have a meeting, just before the lockdown, about making this work our way and we promised each other that we were all going to come back in really fit and ready to go because we know we have loads to play for.

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“And I think it’s been proven right. They’ve done their work and we’ve got a big squad.

“Of course it’s nice to be able to rotate but Bruno [Fernandes] played 120 minutes, Luke [Shaw] 120 minutes and Harry [Maguire] 120 minutes the other day and perform as well as they did, fantastic.”

Solskaer is also delighted with how United are progressing a team, with the club enjoying their best form under the Norwegian since his appointment.

“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 said.

“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 load of reasons behind the clean sheets but that’s always the foundation in any team to be honest.

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“You have to have a shape to start from and the intensity in our defensive work was great. We know that we’re eleven men attacking and eleven men defending. We defend from the front.”

While Solskjaer was delighted after the match, Brighton counterpart Graham Potter admitted his side were ‘killed’.

“We played against a really good side tonight, Manchester United were the better team and they had some quality,” he said.

“Our response in the second half was really good and maybe deserved a goal but the better team won. I am proud of how the players stuck at it and kept going.

“We got killed on the counter-attack for the third goal but we had some good play but against United you are always on the stretch.

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“It is a tough evening for us but one we will take a lot from and learn from it.

“We always look at ourselves to try and improve and they are as good as anyone we have played this year. It is hard to contain but a positive performance in the second half.

“We knew before the game where we are at and the fight we have got, that does not change anything. We go to Norwich to fight.”

United are next in action against Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm).

Brighton, meanwhile, face bottom side Norwich as they stride to consolidate their place in the Premier League. 

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