Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got three big decisions right which played a big part in Sunday’s impressive 2-0 win at Manchester City. United needed a big performance to end City’s run of 21 consecutive wins in all competitions. And Solskjaer masterminded an almost perfect showing from his side.
James over Greenwood
United could not have had a better start, after being awarded a penalty 34 seconds into the match.
But it was before the game even began that Solskjaer got his first decision right.
Selecting Dan James over Mason Greenwood proved to be the correct call.
James looks a different player in recent weeks and is brimming with confidence.
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United need the Frenchman to perform like that on a more consistent basis, with Edinson Cavani struggling with injury of late.
Meanwhile, Shaw continues to stake his claim for a position in the PFA Team of the Year.
The goal capped off a fine performance for the 25-year-old, who has taken his game to the next level following the arrival of Alex Telles last summer.
Solskjaer could have faced criticism if one of, or both, Martial and Shaw were not at it physically in a game of that magnitude.
But the Norwegian was vindicated in making bold and brave decisions.