Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start to life as Manchester United’s interim manager got off to the perfect start with an impressive 5-1 victory over Cardiff City.
United’s players produced arguably their best performance of the season so far in their first match since Jose Mourinho was sacked.
Marcus Rashford put the visitors 1-0 up in the third minute with a fantastic free-kick before Ander Herrera doubled their lead on the half-hour mark.
Victor Camarasa pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Rashford handled inside the box but Anthony Martial restored United’s two-goal lead minutes later, finishing off an excellent team move.
United then made it 4-1 early in the second half; Jesse Lingard converting from the penalty spot after being brought down. The England international then added gloss to the scoreline by netting a late fifth.
The travelling United fans were overjoyed with their team’s performance and so was the club’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, who was providing analysis for BT Sport.
Speaking at half-time, Rooney dropped the truth about Mourinho, who lost his job after two-and-a-half seasons with the Red Devils earlier this week.
“I think the difference with Mourinho is he gets one goal up and likes to hang on to the result,” he said.
“Now they are trying to go for it.”
“It’s great, isn’t it?” BT Sport host Jake Humphrey asked Rooney.
With a wry smile on his face, he replied: “Yep!”
Watch Rooney’s little dig at Mourinho’s style of play here…
Clearly, Rooney wasn’t the biggest fan of Mourinho’s football – and who can blame him?
It should also be noted that Mourinho was the manager in charge at Old Trafford when Rooney left the club.
Rooney also pointed out how far forward the full-backs were against Cardiff, stating that it never happened under Mourinho’s management.
Speaking earlier in the afternoon, Rooney also claimed United’s decision to sack Mourinho was the right call.
“Something had to change and it was the right decision,” Rooney was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“To be a successful football club, you need everything to be right, to be happy.
“That rubs off on the players. The relationships between some of the staff and the players wasn’t great.
“But the players are smiling again. It’s a good move for the club, and it’ll be fascinating to see how Ole sets the team up and how they play today.”