Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial relationship

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on the relationship Anthony Martial has with new signing Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes assisted Martial for United’s opening goal as they beat local rivals Manchester City 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

It was a delightful chipped ball from the January signing with Martial volleying home, though City goalkeeper Ederson arguably should have done better.

And Solskjaer revealed the pair have worked on neat moves like that with the two getting along well since Fernandes moved to United in January.

Speaking after the win over City, Solskjaer said: “The desire, attitude, commitment, connection between fans and players pleased me most.

“At times we pressed them, pushed them back, we tried to be aggressive.

“We made them make mistakes and we are happy with the result.

“Anthony and Bruno have hit if off. It is a privilege to be a manager of a squad with this attitude. You can’t ask for more. They are going to improve as players as well.

“Those little things will come but it is a privilege and they want to listen to advice. For our players to beat a team like Manchester City is fantastic, I am delighted for them.”

Scott McTominay wrapped up the win with virtually the last kick of the game as City pressed in the second half.

The victory leaves the Red Devils in fifth, three points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

And Solskjaer was quick to remind his side that they still need to improve.

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The Norwegian added: “With all the clean sheets we have been getting it’s impressive, we are getting better.

“We feel we are improving as a squad and a team. We feel the fans want us to do well and they see what we are doing, so it is getting better and better.

“But we are still fifth. We need points to catch Chelsea and Leicester, so need to keep plugging away.”

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