Man Utd boss Solskjaer talks up Partizan Belgrade (& old boy Tosic!)

Man United travel to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night, with the club now on an 11-game winless run away from home.

The visitors were able to welcome back goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the first time in two months after a calf injury, but the Brazilian was rarely tested as United were happy to sit back and counter-attack. "We were at the right end of the VAR decisions".

"Roy [Keane] is quite straightforward isn't he?" "It's never a foul", Solskjaer said.

"With the forwards we've got, with the pace and the skills, I'm looking forward to the next few weeks".

"Harry Kane? There aren't many [like him]". They're like (Alan) Shearer, (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy - fantastic goalscorers.

"Ours are different types of players, but I like someone who can finish half a chance and he [Kane] does that".

Partizan were the better team.

Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were unavailable on that occasion, while for Sunday's match it could be David de Gea joining Paul Pogba in the Old Trafford stands.

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It was a match that was severely lacking in quality, but hey, Manchester United have won an away game!

Asked if the worldwide break brought frustration, Solskjaer said: "It has and it hasn't, because I think the boys needed some time to clear their heads". "We're all excited about these young boys and there's probably another four or five in the background slowly going to come".

United's prospects are not helped by the fact that Partizan Belgrade, now fifth in the Serbian SuperLiga, have an impressive record at home this season.

"Of course, I've watched many games in the lead up here and I also watched them when they played Molde, my old team", said Solskjaer to reporters.

Mourinho said Klopp had clearly not enjoyed the way United made the game hard for Liverpool.

They had won all eight of their previous matches in the 2019/2020 English Premier League (EPL).

Harry Maguire intends to be part of Manchester United for a long time, with the world's most expensive defender aware that he was acquired to help force the club back into contention for major honours. At this club we prefer them to take risks, because we know these players are good enough, but if you lack confidence you sometimes think twice instead of acting on instinct.

  • Lawrence Cooper