Manchester United picked up their second big win of the week on Saturday, as they handed inter-city rivals Manchester City a shock 2-1 defeat in the season’s first Manchester Derby.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were enough to hand Ole Gunnar Soskjaer his first derby win as the Red Devils’ boss, as a late Nicolas Otamendi goal couldn’t spark a much-needed comeback for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Apart from the positive result, United’s performance at the Etihad also earned a lot of plaudits from the supporters as well as the football pundits.
However, the biggest praise for Solskjaer and co. came from the man himself–the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson–who was evidently thrilled with his team defeating the noisy neighbours.
After the full-time whistle, as Solskjaer congratulated his players on the pitch and began his walk back towards the dressing room tunnel, he spotted Sir Alex and other members of the Manchester United hierarchy in the director’s box of the stadium.
The Norwegian tactician immediately raised his fist towards Sir Alex to salute the big derby win, and a delighted Sir Alex only looked back at his apprentice, applauding him all the way.
Sir Bobby Charlton, who was also in the stands beside the Scot, gave Solskjaer a massive thumbs-up as well.
In his post-match interview, Ole was full of praise for his team’s performance against the Cityzens, as he told the media: “I was so happy with the way we started the game, we created big chances, looked like we’d score.
“The intent was there to go forward, not about keeping it, slowing it down we go for the kill and should have been 3-0 or 4-0 up.
“But you have to defend well, the way we prepared for this game, you follow this (City) team for three years, they’re so good and I am very pleased with how they dealt with everything, our boys.”