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Fred in for Solskjaer’s first home match but Martial misses out

27 December 2018

United's interim boss is the first manager in the club's history to to see his team score 3+ goals in both of his first opening league games in charge.

It's certainly started in a promising manner - bagging a 5-1 win over Cardiff City - but his managerial credentials will be truly tested in games against the top six.

Huddersfield beat Mourinho's United at the John Smith's Stadium last season before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

"They've [players] not said anything to me about any handbrake (under Mourinho)".

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For us as players, we enjoyed it today". "We know, also, it's not only the manager's fault that results are not good but this is football and we have to carry on and to fight for the club".

"I went up and there were a few journalists gathered around", he told Caught Offside (via the Manchester Evening News).

"Everything between the two goals - how we defended, our commitment, determination, effort and how we created opportunities in offence - was positive".

While the upturn in form under Solksjaer is heartening to fans of Manchester United, it is worth noting that his first two fixtures have comes against sides mired in their own relegation dogfights.

"So I shook hands with him and said, 'Listen I thought you were a fantastic player, brilliant player, and even though I'm a Liverpool fan I just wanted to shake your hand'".

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"Paul loves playing for this club, he's a Man United boy through and through and he knows what it means to play for Manchester United". Also pulled a fabulous save early in the second half to keep United in the game. "It's going to take time and I've done a little bit to tweak but will improve as time goes on".

"That's the Paul I have known since he was in the reserves and youth team", said the United legend. "Because I think maybe we could have really finished them off then".

Manchester United continue to be without the services of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in attack, with the former still recovering from an injury, while the latter is on a compassionate leave.

United will be looking to make it three straight Premier League wins when they welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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David de Gea could do nothing about Cardiff's goal from the penalty spot and Luke Shaw's marauding performance from left back was so good that both of those players will expect to play again here.

Fred in for Solskjaer’s first home match but Martial misses out