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Man United’s win over City hints that a corner has been turned under Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United players milked the moment after completing a 2-0 derby win over Manchester City at Old Trafford. It wasn’t a complete lap of honour, but three out of four stands wasn’t bad, and nobody in a red shirt was rushing off the pitch. Why would they?cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Some wins matter more than others and this one, thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay, secured a Premier League double over City for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

It is way too early to suggest that United’s victory signalled a shifting in the balance of power in Manchester from blue to red — United are still fifth, 12 points behind second-placed City — but Solskjaer and his players celebrated on the pitch at the end because they knew that this victory was a significant moment for the club.

“We feel we are improving as a squad and a team,” Solskjaer said. “It shows we are on track and we are improving, and that we are Manchester United.8

“We are closing in on the teams in front of us, but we are still fifth. We need points to catch Chelsea and Leicester, so [we] need to keep plugging away.

When City beat United in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley in 2011, it was a pivotal moment that injected Roberto Mancini’s team with the confidence and self-belief that they could win major honours and emerge from United’s shadow.

In years to come, United’s victory in this game could have a similar resonance for Solskjaer and his players because there was, finally, a sense of everything coming together for the red side of Manchester against the team — City — that has dominated for the best part of a decade.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

United were resolute and organised at the back, where Luke Shaw continued his renaissance and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire once again showed themselves to be smart buys last summer. In midfield, Fred was the player everyone hoped he would be when he arrived almost two years ago — the busy, tenacious star of a tough Shakhtar Donetsk team — while Nemanja Matic made a mockery of his absence from the team for the majority of the first half of this season.