The best gift for the red devils was to throw away the Portuguese José Mourinho. On Boxing Day, Manchester again showed its renewed face. Those of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who came to thrash Cardiff City 1-5 in the debut of the Norwegian coach, passed over Huddersfield Town 3-1 and have already accumulated 18 ‘Boxing Day’ without losing, since 1979.
Wayne Rooney wanted to see from the stands to the new Manchester, and so it was, as if he had never played in the first team, the English striker had to go through security checks like any other fan. But the disadvantages would be worth it since Matic at the half hour of the game would advance to his team, Mata served the corner, Lindelöf headed the post and Matic could score his first Premier goal.
Luck is with Solskjaer there is no doubt. De Gea avoided the 1-1 in the minute 61 with an outstanding stop ‘mark of the house’ to Depoitre and Pogba scored the 2-0 in the 64′. He achieved it after a great collective play in which Mata won the end line, gave back to Ander Herrera and this made possible, in turn, the former Juventus player’s goal. Pogba himself was in charge of sentencing the game. His was also the 3-0. This time after receiving from Lingard and connect a great shot from the front. In the two games that Solskjaer has in charge, Pogba has two goals and two assists. In Cardiff he did not score, but he was one of the best.
The discount for the Huddersfield was scored by Zanka Jorgensen in the 88th minute after a strategy play, which increases to seven the consecutive games that the ‘red devils’ carry, conceding goals.
The improvement is so much, the environment so different that even Alexis Sanchez shows the desire to play football again, he is almost 100% recovered from the injury that has prevented him from playing in recent weeks, and could even see action the next weekend when Manchester United faces Bournemouth for the Premier League.