Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United managed to continue their 100% start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last night wins see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer equalizing Sir Matt Busby’s record of winning the opening four league games as United boss. The fairy tale for United continues as well, as the Red Devils are now just six points off the top four.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku made an instant impact after coming off from the bench. He scored with his first touch after being on the pitch for just 38 seconds, when goalkeeper Martin Dubravka failed to hold on to Rashford’s free-kick.
Rashford then doubled the United’s lead through a calm finish, assisted by another substitute Alexis Sanchez. Solskjaer was full of praise for the young lad Rashford and believes that he may have learned a bit from the former United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I can talk about loads of individuals but when you’re a striker like he is, scores such a great goal like today, calm, composed, just passes it past the goalkeeper,” Solskjaer addressed the press conference. “But then his free-kicks, that was, of course, the start against Cardiff and then he does it again, he’s got a great hit.
“He must have been watching Cristiano when he was practicing.”
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘I don’t want to leave United’
After securing the fourth consecutive win as United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he doesn’t want to leave his role at the club. The Norwegian was named as United in charge after the club sacked Jose Mourinho in mid of December.
When asked during a press conference if he will leave in May, he replied: ‘I don’t want to.’
However, he emphasized that his focus is on the next game now. “I’m just thinking about the next game because if you win four you can win another four with this club. That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to,” said Solskjaer.
Solskjaer speaks 💬 Our caretaker manager spoke to #MUTV after tonight’s win… https://t.co/LFuoXzbLus
Starting XI: De Gea (7), Shaw (6), Jones (4), Lindelof (7), Valencia (3), Matic (5), Herrera (6), Martial (6), Pogba (6), Mata (7), Rashford (8)
Substitutes: Lukaku (8), Sanchez (7), Lingard (6)
Man of the Match
Marcus Rashford deservedly secures the Man of the Match award after his calm strike and stunning performance throughout the game. The striker had seven shots in total during the match out of which four were on target. He scored one and was involved in the other goal as well.
The United forward has now been directly involved in ten goals in his last nine games – scoring five and assisting the other five.
❄️ Ice-cool finish 🔥 Red-hot form @MarcusRashford is tonight’s Man of the Match! #MUFC
What’s next for Manchester United?
Next up is the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. Manchester United will host championship side Reading at Old Trafford. The game will kick off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday. After that, United will make a trip to Wembley, where they will play their league match against Spurs on January 13 (16:30 GMT).