The former Academy star is fighting to claim a more regular place in the starting XI, and has refused to let his head drop despite Tuesday’s events. And what better way to make it up to his colleagues and his manager than by producing the magical piece of skill that earned us an important Premier League win?
But a big share of the praise must also go to Solskjaer, who knew his side needed inspiration, and selected just the right players to provide it.
“As I’ve said, I’m very happy with the squad,” explained the boss post-match. “I have got to be good at rotating and finding the right moment to rest players, as you know it’s going to be a long and hard season. I’m so happy for Jadon [Sancho] and Jesse, for impacting the game like they did, and I felt Nemanja also played a part with that pass in to Jesse.”
“Every time you watch Man United, every time they go forward they look like they can score goals,” said Keane.
“They’ve got so many goals in them.”
He added: “We’ve seen it in the last few games, the guy [Ronaldo] can score goals for fun. It’s great to have someone in your team that gives you that guarantee.”
Speaking on MUTV, fellow former Red Ben Thornley shared a similar view, saying: “I’ve said it before, he is going to score lots and lots of those goals that are just tap-ins.
“But what was brilliant about it was Lukasz Fabianski made a decent save, but he was the first one to react and he was in straight away.
“We were hoping that, in the second half, we would have run away with it really because we were much the better team and had Ronaldo scored at the start of the second half, that would have been different.”
Following the heroics of De Gea, the United boss was delighted with the Spaniard when conducting his post-match interview with MUTV.
“You know he’s a top keeper, everyone loves having him behind them,” the boss emphasised.
“He’s come back focused, really determined, with a desire to show who he is. It’s his 11th season and we’ve never stopped believing in him, and it’s important that he also knows that.
“He came in pre-season and said: ‘I know I’m supposed to be rested but I want to come back early’ and that just shows his determination.”
“He’s learning all the time,” Ole told reporters. “As I said in training as well, he’s learning our methods, he’s learning the Premier League and of course he knows the Champions League already from being at Dortmund.
“He’s a young boy, he’s only 21 and he’ll improve,” added the United boss.
In Tuesday’s game with Young Boys, Sancho was sacrificed after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal just before half-time in what unfortunately resulted in a 2-1 defeat to the Swiss champions in Bern.
“I think David has started really well, it’s just unfortunate for Dean with COVID and of course the illness, but he’s getting better and he’s getting some games,” said the Norwegian on Thursday.
“Dean will probably play more Under-23s games to just catch up with what he’s lost and I’m very pleased with David and his attitude and everything.
“In general I’m very pleased with the goalkeeping department. I won’t say here that I’m going to keep David going or Dean’s going to come in,” added the United boss, in response to being asked who would be his number one.