A superb goal from Mason Greenwood and two strikes from Bruno Fernandes sealed a 3-0 league win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium that moved Manchester United back into fifth position, two points behind Chelsea in fourth.
United have been in great form since football resumed after the enforced break caused by the coronavirus. They have won seven points from their three Premier League games and defeated Norwich City in an FA Cup semi-final at the weekend.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said this was because of Manchester United’s willingness to defend as a unit.
The win over Brighton means United have conceded just twice in their last eight Premier League games.
“You can see with the quality of the talent we have going forward that we have a foundation to play from,” he told a media conference. “We have a good shape, do good pressing and have a back four that’s used to each other.
“There’s lots of reasons behind the clean sheets, which is the foundation for any good team.
“We know that we are 11 men attacking and defending – we defend from the front. We know how difficult it is to play Brighton and to stop them getting into a rhythm. We have a screen in front of the back four, which is difficult to get past. We’re very happy with the shape and intensity.
“We are too far behind to be on the road to something special [this season] but the team is improving. We are still in the FA Cup, Europa League and in the race for the Champions League.”