Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that he didn’t make any tactical tweaks during the break against Brighton – but admitted ‘the fireworks’ had ‘to be lit’ at half-time.
United went into the break behind after academy graduate Danny Welbeck gave the visitors a deserved lead, but second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood completed an important turnaround.
Victory means United have consolidated their place in second by four points and look certain to end the season in the Champions League places.
But it wasn’t a routine task against Graham Potter’s well-organised Seagulls and Solskjaer wasn’t pleased with United’s first-half efforts, despite a bright opening few minutes.
Solskjaer said in his post-match interview that he urged his players to make more runs in behind and improve their movement after a sluggish opening.
In contrast, the United boss was impressed with the second-half showing and noted that Greenwood is learning from veteran striker Edinson Cavani after a predatory headed winner.
Listen to Solskjaer’s interview in full below. Footage courtesy of BT Sport.
"Sometimes after international breaks it takes time, and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at halftime…"
"He played really well tonight [Greenwood], and when he can add those goals we know he'll really be a gooden."
Solskjær was happy with a win after a slow start 🤝 pic.twitter.com/7aBgLJXDwV
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 4, 2021