Solskjaer explains what he told Manchester United's players at half-time

If Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, he would have given Manchester United’s players his famous ‘hairdryer treatment’ at half-time against Brighton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not known for giving the same kind of rollickings to his players, but he did hint at taking a hardline approach with his half-time teamtalk against Brighton.

United went in 1-0 down at the break, and went on to win the game 2-1.

Asked what he said to his players at the interval, Solskjaer said he simply re-affirmed the instructions he gave before the game, which were not being carried out to his liking.

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Solskjaer told the club website: “It was nothing tactically [different] from what we wanted in the first half.

“It was more runs in behind, more movement, better movement.

“Sometimes after international breaks it takes time and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at half-time. It was a very good second half.”

Whether there were ‘fireworks’ as Solskjaer put it, in terms of raised voices, only he and the players know, but whatever was said, it worked.

United were totally dominant in the second half and did not make any mistakes at the back.

Eventually the team’s persistence paid off, with Marcus Rashford and then Mason Greenwood scoring the goals.

With Leicester, Chelsea, and Tottenham all dropping points over the weekend, it was really important for United to get a victory and take advantage.

United did so, narrowly, and now have a four point gap over Leicester in third, and an 11 point advantage over Spurs who are fifth.

Next weekend United are away at Tottenham, and can extend this advantage, although it will be tricky, with Jose Mourinho’s side’s Europa League elimination giving them extra time to rest up.

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