Manchester United wobbled and fumbled to secure a win 3-2 at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Bruno Fernandes’ strong mentality and a fine Marcus Rashford goal as two of the few positives Manchester United could take from their win at Brighton.
Solskjaer told MUTV that the Red Devils were still way off the pace in terms of fitness, but clung onto Fernandes and Rashford.
“At this point in the season, it’s vital for us to get three points,” he said.
“We’ll get there. The reaction to both goals was brilliant. We didn’t play before the first goal and the reaction to the last one was great.”
On Fernandes, he said: “Very strong mentally, that’s a big part of being a penalty taker. Goalkeepers and penalty-takers need to keep their focus and be mentally strong.
“Bruno has got one of the strongest mentalities I’ve come across.
“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack from Mason’s cross.”
Solskjaer claimed he saw a marginal improvement from United’s opening day defeat to Crystal Palace, but admitted that his side did not merit all three points.