Solskjaer singles out ‘excellent’ Man Utd player for praise after City draw


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out ‘excellent’ Manchester United player Luke Shaw for praise after the stalemate with Manchester City.

The Manchester rivals played out a derby draw at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, with the Premier League game producing only four shots on target.

Riyad Mahrez had the best opportunity of the match but could only shoot straight at David de Gea, while Marcus Rashford thought he had won United a penalty, only for VAR to show he was offside.

Solskjaer was pleased with Manchester United’s display and singled out Luke Shaw for praise after his return from injury.

‘The reason we want more substitutes is so we can rest players, not to change the game too much,’ Solskjaer said in a post-match press conference.

‘Today, we felt the need to keep those players on. I don’t think any of them really struggled.

‘I was worried a bit about Luke [Shaw] because he’s been out for a while, but I thought he was excellent, his performance was absolutely top. ‘If we were 2-0 up, you’d take him off for the last 20 minutes. But we needed to keep the shape.’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said: ‘They started well after we finished the first half well. ‘We created three or four clear chances, you cannot expect many against a team like United and it was a good point in the end. It will be a good point in the future.

‘United is always a strong team, this is Old Trafford. They score when they can run but we controlled them really well.

‘It is not a derby, it would be different with the people and maybe they pushed more. It is different every week without the people, the virus is still there, you have to be careful.’


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