Solskjaer pleased with United’s narrow win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Manchester United players for their hard-fought victory over Leicester City but admitted the performance was below par.

United secured a vital victory in their chase for a top-four spot thanks to a solitary strike from Marcus Rashford, but they were far from convincing.

Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “We didn’t play particularly well, we could have slowed it down in the second half but we defended well. Eric [Bailly] and Victor [Lindelof] were fantastic, and David de Gea.

“We put our bodies on the line, there were a couple of bruised noses, knees, and dead legs but we fought for the three points.

“A clean sheet is always a foundation to build on and will give the lads confidence. They’re not 100 per cent happy with the performance, because we know we can do better.

“It’s a hard place to come, the first goal is vital against a team like this and I thought we started brilliantly. Marcus had a great chance from Luke Shaw’s cross and finished the ball fantastically well when Paul [Pogba] played him through. The start laid the foundations.”

Alexis Sanchez got the nod in United’s starting XI but made little impact on the game before he was replaced by Anthony Martial after half-time.

But Solskjaer defended the Chilean’s performance, saying: “He did well, we had to change the game. He’s sharp, he worked well defensively – we never created chances for him but he’s improving all the time.”