Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm as Manchester United wound back the clock at Cardiff and scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Poor performances and notable background issues cost divisive Jose Mourinho his job on Tuesday, with the Old Trafford giants turning to a fan favourite and former reserve team boss for the rest of the campaign.
United could scarcely have wished for a better start as they struck five in the league for the first time since Ferguson’s final match at the helm in May 2013.
Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial all scored in an entertaining first half, with Jesse Lingard’s second-half brace sealing a 5-1 win at Solskjaer’s former club Cardiff.
Entertaining, coherent and attack-minded – it was all that United had not been under Mourinho.
The players looked re-energised under Solskjaer, with the recalled Paul Pogba winning the free-kick struck home by Rashford and providing Herrera with the assist for his deflected second.
Victor Camarasa pulled one back from the penalty spot, but United responded with another as Martial ended arguably their best move of the season smartly.
“Ole, Ole, Ole” rang around the Cardiff City Stadium – a ground where Solskjaer remains unpopular after his torrid time as manager in 2014 – long after Lingard scored a penalty and rounded the goalkeeper to finish off the victory.
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