In the Premier League outing against Cardiff City, it ended with a 5-1 victory for Manchester United, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard (two goals), Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial. 

This victory against Cardiff City helped Manchester United to maintain its position in the sixth spot in the English Premier League standings with 29 points. 

In addition, Saturday’s three points are also a sweet spice on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s official debut after replacing Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last week. It was not only a big win and Solskjaer’s beautiful debut with Manchester United, but there are also at least five important things that you need to know from the Cardiff City vs Manchester United match.

Pogba is back

A week ago, Manchester United was not the right club for Paul Pogba who continued to dispute with Jose Mourinho. However, everything changed after the Portuguese coach was fired. Pogba, who is Manchester United’s most expensive purchase, was only sitting on the bench in the Red Devils’ last two matches in the Premier League under Jose regime. However, in Solskjaer’s debut match as the Manchester United caretaker manager, Pogba returned to the starting line-up. He also played a major role in Manchester United’s second and third goal in the match.

The attacking flair

Long-winded games from the Manchester United team were clearly seen in their last few matches in the English Premier League. In fact, they looked very defensive under Mourinho’s care. Sir Alex Ferguson’s attacking style of play seems completely lost from Old Trafford. However, everything seemed to return if they analyze their game on Saturday. United played a ‘one touch’ style also came into action on their third goal. Anthony Martial passed to Pogba, then to Jesse Lingard, who returned to Martial which eventually became a goal in the 41st minute.


Freedom of the defenders

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The freedom of defenders was clearly absent when Manchester United were nurtured by Jose Mourinho. However, Solskjaer again did the opposite. He seemed to give that freedom to the central defenders to take part in the attack. As shown by Victor Lindelof who often rose to the midfield, even at the opponent’s penalty box. In fact, English football observer Jonathan Northcroft gave Lindelof praise for his up-and-coming performances to help in Manchester United attack. 

“Victor Lindelof looks like Lothar Matthaus. He wants to make a change at Manchester United,” Northcroft wrote in his Twitter status.


Still not a clean sheet

This time, it was a less than perfect record in Solskjaer’s debut as manager of Manchester United. Namely, his team is still waiting for a clean sheet victory. With one goal conceded in the match, Man United currently run five consecutive matches conceded. The next opponent, against Huddersfield Town, it is expected they would be able to keep a clean sheet.

First five goals

The last is a record that was finally solved by Solskjaer at Manchester United under his care. It is the number of goals scored by Man United in the match. The tally of the Cardiff City match turned out to be five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s era. The last time they scored at least five goals, was the match of Fergie vs West Brom in May 2013. The four previous managers, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho, and Ryan Giggs who also had become caretaker were unable to bring Manchester United to five goals in one match. So, a big salute to Solskjaer!


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