Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Man City draw was best derby performance of my tenure

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described ManchesterUnited’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City as his side’s best performance against their city rivals during his tenure.

City showed little by way of attacking threatand sorely missed the injured Sergio Aguero, with United comfortable for long spells of the game.

United also created little, aside from the penalty won by Marcus Rashford which was subsequently overturned due to the forward being offside.

Solskjaer was happy with how his side battled back from the loss to RB Leipzig, and felt it was their best effort against City on his watch.

“In my time against City, that is the best performance we’ve had,” Solskjaer, whose side did the double over City last term, told Sky Sports . “Not the best result, but the best performance.

“I know we beat them a few times last season, but these were different games. This is the most we have been in the game, as in possession-wise and control and we kept them away from our box more.

“They had a few big moments. David De Gea a great save, standing up, and Harry Maguire a good block so that’s two big chances they had and maybe a foot offside for Marcus.

“Tactically, we knew they were going to give us some problems and I thought we were excellent defensively.”

Reflecting on the defeat to Leipzig and response against City, Solskjaer said: “It is a big disappointment, a big setback and a mental challenge for everyone when that happens.

“We knew today was going to be a big game so everyone was up for it.”

Paul Pogba was a surprise selection in light of the recent comments from the France international’s agent, but Solskjaer said he wanted players in the team who are comfortable on the ball under pressure.

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