United, inspired by the recalled Pogba, thrashed Cardiff 5-1


Manchester United thrashed Cardiff City 5-1 in the very first match since Jose Mourinho was sacked. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start since succeeding Mourinho, who was sacked in midweek.

The former United striker was punching the air in delight with less than four minutes on the clock when the red devils took an early lead from Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick. Rashford’s lead was followed by a deflected effort from Ander Herrera and a fabulous team goal by Anthony Martial.

It was Martial’s 100th appearance for United in the Premier League, becoming just the fourth Frenchman to reach this tally for the club after Eric Cantona, Mikael Silvestre and Patrice Evra.

Solskjaer made four changes to the starting lineup forming a more attack-minded United XI.

The World Cup winner and club record signing Paul Pogba, who had been a forlorn-looking substitute for the past three Premier League matches, was recalled. He had a hand in all three first-half goals.

The recalled United midfielder was at the heart of everything, dominating Cardiff and creating chances for his side.

French forward Martial, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones also made to the starting lineup.

Jesse Lingard netted twice in the second half.

It is the first time United have scored five goals in a Premier League game since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge – a 5-5 draw with West Brom in May 2013.

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