Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not getting carried away by Manchester United’s 4:1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir which enhanced their chances of making it to the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
The Red Devils have already beaten Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig and are three points clear at the top of Group H.
They lost on the last matchday against the Turkish outfit but redeemed themselves at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils will be sure of a place in the next stage with one point from the next two games, all thanks to the contributions of Bruno Fernandes with a brace, a penalty converted by Marcus Rashford, and a goal by Daniel James after coming on as a sub.
A point doesn’t seem like much but they’ll welcome PSG to Old Trafford next week before traveling to Germany to face RB Leipzig and these two crackers have ensured that Ole is not getting ahead of himself.
“The group is still very open,” the Norwegian said.
“We’ve got nine, two on six points (PSG and RB Leipzig) and Basaksehir on three, so we still need points to go through.
“One probably should be enough and three probably gives you the win, so hopefully against PSG we can secure the points we need but that’s another matter.
“Edinson (Cavani on his first start) and Donny (van de Beek) did really well, both of them.
“Of course I thought the whole team played really well. We found our positions and the tempo with the ball was really good.
“We deserved the win, of course, after that first half. The second half is always different and more difficult to keep the tempo when you’re winning 3-0.”
When asked if Fernandes’ notable contributions to the side surprise him, he replied: “Not really, no.
“Of course we see him every day in training. We knew what we were going to get when we got Bruno to the team. He’s a player who likes to take risks. He likes to create chances, he likes to score goals.
“He’s a winner, he wants the team to win and he wants the team to do well. I think it shows today that he can do more than just take penalties.”
The last quote shows that the comments by rival fans that Bruno Fernandes only shines with penalties got to Ole. He just had to mention it.