Bruno Fernandes insisted Manchester United can obtain Champions League soccer this season after his two targets at Brighton helped his facet to stretch their unbeaten run to 15 video games.
United moved as much as fifth place forward of Wolves on aim distinction, however Fernandes stated their much-improved defensive efficiency was key to their present temper of confidence.
“We didn’t concede any aim as soon as once more,” the person of the match stated. “The defenders did a tremendous job and the entire staff deserved the outcome. We all know if we preserve this up we are able to make it into the Champions League placings.”
Fernandes performed alongside Paul Pogba in midfield although Nemanja Matic was arguably essentially the most influential United participant in that space of the pitch, serving to to arrange the third aim with an instinctive volleyed go to set Mason Greenwood free on the left.
Nonetheless the Fernandes-Pogba partnership dominated post-match conversations, to the extent that United’s January signing expressed slightly annoyance.
“Paul is a tremendous participant however I don’t wish to speak an excessive amount of about me and him,” Fernandes stated. “We’re a staff, and this was a staff efficiency. Speaking about me and Paul isn’t truthful on the remainder of the lads, I might reasonably discuss everybody.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was additionally impressed with the defending after the 10th clear sheet in 15 matches.
“To return right here and do this, to have the ability to depart just a few gamers out and take different off after an hour, means it’s been an important night time for us,” the United supervisor stated. “The defence provides us a basis to play from and David de Gea made two super saves when he was referred to as on.
“For the reason that restart everybody has labored actually laborious, they’ve all been true to their phrase and the result’s that we genuinely look fitter and stronger in the intervening time.
“I’m not saying that is going to be a particular season at Manchester United, we’re a bit too far off the tempo for that, however I believe everybody can see the staff is enhancing and we’re nonetheless in with a shout within the FA Cup and Europa League in addition to the battle for a Champions League place.”
Graham Potter, the Brighton supervisor, accepted defeat philosophically, after his facet suffered their first defeat in three video games for the reason that restart. “We performed a extremely good facet tonight, United are actually laborious to comprise with their motion up entrance. They’ve some very gifted footballers and I’ve to confess the higher staff gained.”