United beat Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford at the clubs’ first Premier League meeting in almost 17 years.
The Red Devils got off to a good start and led 3-0 in 20 minutes. However, they took advantage of their opponents’ aggressive playing style, which made it possible Ole Gunnar Solskjaermen to counterattack.
Indeed, scoring at the break is United’s strength under Solskjaer, something Hasselbaink pointed out when analyzing the game for Sky Sports.
As a result, the former Leeds star insisted that the result does not change anything in regards to the pressure Solskjaer is under.
After Roy Keane said United could end up as ‘the best of the rest’ Hasselbaink said: ‘the best of the rest’ … no, I can’t see it. Today they were amazing, don’t get me wrong.
“But ‘unbelievable’ because they killed Leeds on their mistakes and that’s what they do.
“Now when a team doesn’t make so many mistakes – against Man City, 0-0 – they don’t create. Against Chelsea, they had a chance, they [didn’t] take. 0-0. Soon soon.
“If you want to be up there and be difficult, you have to be able to create more. For me, that’s their problem – when they run out of ball. Remember: Leeds had 59% of the ball today. At Old Trafford. ”
Keane noted that while United are enjoying the frenetic manner of the game, the 6-2 score is the determining factor for United.
Hasselbaink wants more domination over Man Utd
Hasselbaink disagreed, however, and stated (via the Liverpool Echo): ” True. The score is very important. But when you want to challenge or be close to Liverpool, you have to be more dominant.
You need to oppose the teams more. For me Man United do not do that. They have good players, don’t get me wrong.
“They totally wiped out Leeds today. But: Leeds mistakes. It is for me the difference.
United are back in action on Wednesday when they face Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. But their attention then turns to the Premier League and a close Boxing Day clash with Leicester.
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