Manchester United warned against being sucked into the 'Solksjaer-hype'

07 January, 2019, 08:55 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Luke Shaw enjoys some freedom to bomb up the wing

The 21-year-old appeared to be stagnating at United under Jose Mourinho, but has improved his form drastically since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese tactician.

That winning sequence continued against second-tier strugglers Reading, with the third round marking the entry into the FA Cup, the world's oldest senior knockout football competition, of England's top-flight clubs.

Juan Mata opened the scoring from the penalty spot halfway through the first half after an infringement in the box was discovered with the use of VAR.

Saturday's 2-0 win against Reading in the FA Cup was the most unconvincing of those triumphs to date, but Lukaku believes Solskjaer has got the team back to where it should be.

"We never had a kick the first five minutes, they just kept possession and we weren't cohesive enough in the pressing".

Solskjaer has got his feet wet but Sunday's showdown in the capital will be his first real test.

Despite overseeing his side's 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup third round, the Championship outfit might well have narrowed the deficit had they been a little more clinical.

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"VAR, VAR, VAR" chanted United fans playfully when Andy Yiadom handled a Sanchez cross soon after, with Lukaku seeing an effort denied after bursting through as the home side looked to extend their advantage.

Alternatively, Angel Gomes may hope to start out wide, after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Huddersfield on Boxing Day. The Norweigan, now in a caretaker role at United, participated in the 1999 FA Cup Final, which Sir Alex Ferguson's side won as part of an unprecedented treble.

Under the Norwegian's tutelage, the Red Devils have plundered 16 goals in five games, and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two outings.

Marko Arnautovic had a weird match as West Ham beat Championship club Birmingham 2-0.

Yet Arnautovic was, for no clear reason, substituted after 19 minutes by Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini. It's this game and these 90 minutes. Now he's had 60 minutes, so it's about building up again.

Brighton & Hove Albion beat Bournemouth 3-1 away in an all-Premier League affair with Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone all on target.

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