Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Talking points from Manchester United’s swaggering win over Cardiff

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have already done more than what Jose Mourinho could manage over three seasons at Old Trafford

The Manchester United interim manager seems to have already stamped his ideas on this side after just one game, a thrilling 5-1 win away at Cardiff City. Let us take a look at some of the things we learned from the Red Devils legends first game in-charge.

#1 New manager bounce is truly special

Solskjaer had promised that he would give all his players  clean slate heading into his first game as interim manager, and that showed with some of his selections, notably that of Nemanja Matic, who started despite a recent slump in performances. The likes Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Fred and Andreas Pereira were left on the bench, confusing quite a few fans pre-match, but it turned out to be an inspired starting XI.

In a damning indictment of the state of affairs under Jose Mourinho, one could easily see that many of the under-perfuming players suddenly raised their game and played with renewed confidence in the 5-1 hammering, contributing to some sumptuous football that Mourinho never managed during his 2 and a half odd years.


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