Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate Man Utd's 2-1 win against Man City

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It’s amazing the difference a week can make.

Following Manchester United’s disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa last Sunday, there were calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked.

Losses to Tottenham and Manchester City would heap an incredible amount of pressure on the United boss and it would have been difficult to see him survive.

But the Red Devils didn’t lose both of those fixtures. They didn’t even lose one of them. Instead, they beat Spurs 2-1 on Wednesday and followed that up with a victory by the same scoreline in the Manchester derby on Saturday evening.

Suddenly, Solskjaer’s side are fifth and just five points off a Champions League place.

While the result at the Etihad was impressive, their performance was extremely encouraging.

Time and time again, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard cut through the City defence on the counter-attack and could have been more than just 2-0 ahead at half-time.

It was like watching United under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson as they attacked without fear and with pace.

Cameras actually cut to Fergie when United went 2-0 ahead and he had a great big booming smile on his face. It was great to see.


He probably wasn’t smiling too much during the second half as City attempted to get back into the match, putting United under a lot of pressure.

Nicolas Otamendi’s late header made it nervy but the visitors held on for a shock win - to the delight of United’s manager past and present.

As Solskjaer walked off the pitch at full-time, he produced a fist pump toward Ferguson.

The Scot couldn’t take that smile off his wave as he applauded his former player.

No matter which team you support - well, maybe apart from Man City - it was a beautiful moment and it’s great to see Ferguson looking in such good health.

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