Payback time as Solskjaer's men continue revival

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Nov 2020

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are back on track after they avenged their humbling defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir with a 4-1 win at Old Trafford.

United crashed to a shock 2-1 loss at the hands of the Group H outsiders in Turkey earlier this month, but there was never any chance of another upset as Bruno Fernandes struck with two goals before passing up a hat-trick chance when he allowed Marcus Rashford to convert the penalty that brought United's third first-half goal.

Basaksehir's Deniz Turuc netted a fine free-kick but Daniel James struck in the final moments to seal the points.

"We saw the intent straight away, they wanted to play and they enjoyed it," Solskjaer said of his side. "We scored some very nice goals, I'm pleased."

United's third win from four group matches means one point from their last two games against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig would secure their place in the last 16.

United's loss in Istanbul had raised serious questions about Solskjaer's ability to hold onto his job, but they have since recorded Premier League wins against Everton and West Brom.

Solskjaer named striker Edinson Cavani in the starting lineup for the first time and, with Paul Pogba still sidelined by a swollen ankle, there was a rare start for midfielder Donny van de Beek.

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