Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured a perfect start as Manchester United ’s interim manager, as his side thrashed Cardiff by 5-1.
The Manchester United legend recently got the managerial post at his former club, after Jose Mourinho was sacked earlier this week. Ole couldn’t have asked for a better start after his side performed with full attacking intent. The game felt like watching Sir Alex’s United play again.
Match Highlights: Cardiff 1- 5 Manchester United
Cardiff City vs Manchester United HL Extended
Attacking Football returns for Manchester United
Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick at just the third minute of the match gave United an early lead. This effort was followed by Ander Herrera’s deflected shot from thirty yards which doubled Manchester United’s lead. After that, wonderful team play helped United secure a third goal, thanks to Anthony Martial, just before the halftime. Paul Pogba had the hand in all of United’s first three goals.
Cardiff City won a penalty in the first half after Marcus Rashford was fouled for a handball inside the penalty area. Victor Camarasa successfully converted from the spot. However, it wasn’t the day for Cardiff as United went on to secure their win with Jesse Lingard’s second-half brace.
Key Fact: Manchester United have scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time after Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s final game back in 2013.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s First United Game as a Manager
All the focus was on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he was ready to take charge of United as an interim manager for the first time. The Old Trafford legend has once again won the hearts of all the United fans after his side displayed a slick, attacking football.
The passion of scoring goals and moving forward had been long gone and United was not performing under the former manager Jose Mourinho. However, this promising start against Cardiff has given Manchester United fans enough hope that the things will start to get back on track soon.
Cardiff City Line-up: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham; Hoilett (Harris 73), Gunnarsson (Ralls 83), Camarasa, Arter (Zohore 61), Murphy; Paterson.
Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Reid.
Goal-Scorer: Camarasa 38
Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Lindelof; Shaw, Matic (Fellaini 87), Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford (Fred 79); Martial (A. Pereira 87).
Subs not used: Romero, Bailly, Dalot, Mata.
Goal-Scorers: Rashford 3, Herrera 29, Martial 41, Lingard 57, 90.