OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER said the performance at Goodison Park provided his team with the template for all future games.
Unfortunately they were not at Goodison, where they won 3-1 before the international break, but back at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United scraped a below-par 1-0 home win against West BromCredit: AP:Associated Press
The place that stopped holding the fear factor some time ago.
Well, for the opposition anyway.
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This was a win, their first in seven home league games going back to two draws at the end of last season.
But they can thank VAR, the woodwork and a fine save from David De Gea.
Yes Sam Johnstone in the opposite goal had a great game as well back, where he started out.
Yet this was under par from United against a side still to record a league win and on course to return to the Championship.
United set up very defensively with both Nemanja Matic and Fred in deep lying midfield roles in front of the back four.
Donny van de Beek meanwhile watched on from the bench before another late cameo. Why did they buy him again?
It was crying out for his invention as long balls were fired up to Anthony Martial too often.
Martial just lacks the consistency to be considered a great goalscorer.
There was a moment on 76 minutes that seemed to sum him up.
VAR played a part in an unconvincing victory for Bruno Fernandes and his Man Utd team-matesCredit: EPA
Rashford was found with a long ball wide on the right but there was nobody up with him.
He held on to it, waiting for someone to appear in the middle but Martial was just trotting forward.
Too often he expects everything to be served up to him on a plate.
He doesn’t work hard enough to make things happen.
United need players to do that week in week out.
Man United, who are ninth, play Southampton in their next league matchCredit: EPA
The positive was the win with the only goal of the game from Bruno Fernandes twice taken penalty.
The evidence, was that this team is some way from being part of the crazy title race going on above them.
Yes, even if they have moved above Manchester City.
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