Manchester United produced arguably the best performance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign yesterday.

A fully-deserved 2-0 Manchester derby victory had Old Trafford rocking and kept up the pace in the race for fourth.

There are still questions for Solskjaer to answer but he won’t mind too much after an afternoon’s work which was very sweet indeed.

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How long can United stay unbeaten?

That City victory took United’s unbeaten run to ten matches and means they are fifth, three points behind Chelsea.


United have momentum they haven’t had since the first months of Solskjaer’s reign – the key is keeping it going.

It was on 10 March that the wheels started to come off last season, with a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal.

The key for Solskjaer now is to keep the momentum going for longer than it did last season – and there’s no reason why they can’t.

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How does Solskjaer solve midfield headache?

United’s central midfield options have been so bare at stages this season that Andreas Pereira has been fielded in a deeper role more than once.

Now, United have Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Bruno Fernandes all at the top of their game.

Solskjaer tried a diamond at Everton but it didn’t really work and the key is for him to find the right midfield balance.

It’s a good problem to have for Solskjaer; there haven’t been too many times this term when he’s had those types of choices to make.

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How good can Bruno and Martial be?

Fernandes’ arrival also looks to have galvanised Anthony Martial and the pair ripped City apart at times yesterday.

The duo’s strong relationship is clear for all to see, not least in the way they celebrated the opening goal on the pitch and McTominay’s second on the bench.

There’s the makings of a genuinely potent partnership there, with Martial more likely to make the runs in behind because he knows Fernandes is capable of finding him.

Fernandes has lifted the whole club, and nobody moreso than Martial. Solskjaer must be excited about how good they can become together.

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