Man United came from a goal behind to beat Brighton 2-1 and tighten their grip on second place in the Premier League table.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was involved in a heated exchange with Bruno Fernandes during the Red Devils’ comeback win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
With Leicester and Chelsea both having lost, United were in danger of dropping more points at home when they fell behind to Danny Welbeck’s first-half header.
United produced a fairly uninspiring display over the first 45 minutes and that much was reportedly reflected in Solskjaer’s angry half-time teamtalk as the Norwegian attempted to light a fire under his players.
Solskjaer and Bruno Fernandes.
Solskjaer appeared to exchange words with Fernandes during the first half and, according to the Manchester Evening News, the pair were involved in a tense conversation in the dressing room at the interval.
As per the MEN’s report, Fernandes had some ‘choice words’ for his manager, who also directed some of his anger at Luke Shaw who, along with Fernandes, has been United’s most influential player this season.
Solskjaer’s frustration produced the desired result as Fernandes teed up Marcus Rashford for United’s equaliser just after the hour-mark before Mason Greenwood headed them towards three important points in the race for second place.
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Speaking after the game, Solskjaer admitted that he was forced to light some ‘fireworks’ at half-time after a limp opening 45 minutes from his side.
“Sometimes after international breaks it takes time – and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at half-time,” said Solskjaer.
“It’s always difficult to play Brighton. We have had good results and we’ve had to earn them the hard way. We managed to find a way in the second half.”
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Solskjaer also praised Rashford and Greenwood for their goalscoring contributions in a determined and much-improved second-half display.
“It was a long ball which went up, we won it and it was great by Bruno [Fernandes] to carry the ball,” added the United manager.
“He’s hacked down as well! The finish was excellent – calm and composed. Marcus has been working on that a lot.
“Mason [Greenwood] was mature. Today he was one of our brightest players. He was clean, he was tidy and he got the goal. It’s a header inside the six-yard box and that’s what we need more from Mason.”