Rafael sends message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd beat Istanbul Basaksehir


Rafael da Silva kissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United win at Old Trafford (Getty)

Rafael da Silva urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “will continue to fight” after the Brazilian returns to Old Trafford in Manchester United’s victory over Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night.

United sealed a comfortable victory over their Turkish opponents in the Champions League as two goals from Bruno Fernandes, plus a penalty from Marcus Rashford and a late strike from Daniel James sealed a 4-1 victory.

For Rafael, it was his first return to Old Trafford since leaving United in 2015 and the Brazilian hugged Solskjaer after the final whistle.

The former United defender, who made 170 appearances during his time at Old Trafford, also had a special message for Solskjaer after the game.

The 30-year-old posted an image of his post-match hug with Solskjaer with the caption: ‘I just hope the best for you and Manchester United keep fighting my friend like you do’.

“All the best Manchester United, thank you for the warm welcome before and after the game. I love you all.’

The win keeps United at the top of Group H and Solskjaer’s side now have a good chance of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League with two final group matches remaining against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.“The squad is still very open,” Solskjaer said after the match.

‘We have nine, two out of six points [PSG and RB Leipzig] and Basaksehir on three, so we still need points to go.

“One should probably be enough and three probably give you the win, so hopefully against PSG we can get the points we need but that’s another matter.

‘Edinson [Cavani]and Donny [van de Beek] doing really well, both of you.

“Of course, I thought the whole team played really well. We found our positions and the pace with the ball was really good.

“We deserved the win, of course, after this first half. The second half is always different and it’s harder to keep up when you win 3-0.

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