Lingard nets twice as United thrash Cardiff to hand Solskjaer dream start

Lingard nets twice as United thrash Cardiff to hand Solskjaer dream start

- Man United got off to a flying start with Marcus Rashford netting the opener after three minutes

- Ander Herrera increased United lead while Victor Camarasa pulled one back for the home side from the spot

- Anthony Martial netted the Red Devils third of the game before Jesse Lingard completed the scoring with his brace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tenure at Manchester United as caretaker manager off to a brilliant start thrashing Cardiff City 5-1 on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

It was the Norwegian's first game in charge since the sacking of Jose Mourinho and got off to a perfect start.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads Manchester United to dream start hammering Cardiff 5-1

Paul Pogba and Ashley Young celebrate after Jesse Lingard scores their team's fifth goal during the Premier League match against Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22.

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Solskjaer delivered the football he had described in this presser just before the game - quick, bold, fun and entertaining football.

A brace form Jesse Lingard and goals from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera was enough to seal maximum points.

The caretaker manager went for a four-four-three formation placing Pogba at the heart of the midfield and his decision proved to produce the needed results.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads Manchester United to dream start hammering Cardiff 5-1

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United scores his team's fifth goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018.

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It can easily be described as United's greatest victory after scoring five times against an opponent since Sir Alex Feguson left Old Trafford.

The first goal was well taken free kick from Rashford three minutes into the game, before Herrera made it two in the 38th minute.

Cardiff redeemed themselves after Rashford was seen to have handled the ball in the box and Victor Camarasa converted the penalty beating David De Gea with a shot to the top left corner.

The Red Devils pulled of some beautiful strings of passes before Anthony Martian's right footed shot from the centre of the box increased United lea to three.

Jesse Lingard was brought down inside the box and scored his first goal through a penalty placed in the bottom right corner.

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The England international netted his second came in the 90th minute after Pogba's pin point pass found the Englishman's on his stride and he cut goalkeeper Neil Etheridge before hitting the ball to make United's fifth for the night.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Liverpool defeated Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield to maintain their unbeaten status in the Premier League.

Senegal international Sadio Mane opened scoring for the Reds just after 24 minutes of play after receiving a clinical over the shoulder pass from Fabinho.

The hosts continues to press forward for more goals through their attacking style of play but Jose Mourinho did well to resist their advances.

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