Sunday 17 February 2019

Solskjaer makes it a magnificent seven as United boss

The Norwegian’s record-breaking start extended to seven successive wins against Brighton.

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won six in a row (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won six in a row (Owen Humphreys/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his winning start as Manchester United manager to seven matches with a 2-1 victory at home to Brighton.

The Norwegian stood alone as having the best record to start a Manchester United managerial career after their win at Tottenham last weekend.

Prior to the crunch Wembley clash, Solskjaer, like Sir Matt Busby, had won his first five matches in charge since being parachuted in to replace Jose Mourinho on an interim basis.

Paul Pogba’s penalty and a sublime strike from Marcus Rashford made it seven in a row for Solskjaer, and, here, Press Association Sport charts them all.

Match One: Cardiff 1 Manchester United 5

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Jesse Lingard scores (Nick Potts/PA)

Marcus Rashford got the Solskjaer era up and running after just three minutes, with Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard (two) completing a rout.

Match Two: Manchester United 3 Huddersfield 1

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Paul Pogba celebrates against Huddersfield (Martin Rickett/PA)

Paul Pogba, the subject of intense scrutiny during his relationship with Mourinho, scored twice, with Nemanja Matic also on target as Huddersfield were beaten.

Match Three: Manchester United 4 Bournemouth 1

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Marcus Rashford scored against Bournemouth (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pogba scored twice more in another big win, with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku also chiming in. Eric Bailly’s red card could not dampen the day.

Match Four: Newcastle 0 Manchester United 2

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Romelu Lukaku celebrates at Newcastle (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Newcastle away is often a test, but not on this occasion. Lukaku scored again, with Rashford completing the win.

Match Five: Manchester United 2 Reading 0

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Solskjaer reacts to beating Reading (Martin Rickett/PA)

Juan Mata’s VAR-awarded penalty got United on their way to a fifth straight win, with Lukaku making it three goals in three games in injury time.

Match Six: Tottenham 0 Manchester United 1

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Rashford wheels away after scoring at Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)

This was billed as the first acid test of Solskjaer’s tenure and United came through it, albeit thanks to a fine goalkeeping performance from David De Gea. Rashford scored the winner, but the Spaniard was the hero.

Match Seven: Manchester United 2 Brighton 1

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Paul Pogba fired Manchester United ahead from the penalty spot against Brighton (Martin Rickett/PA)

Solskjaer admitted United made it more difficult than they needed against the Seagulls, but Pogba’s penalty and a fine finish from Rashford was enough to keep up the winning run.

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