Solskjaer unimpressed as United ease past Reading in FA Cup

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

"It's not easy to come from the situation that we are in and show the intensity and courage, and good ideas, positive ideas, positive football".

A fifth victory from his first five games in charge will do no harm to Solskjaer's chances of getting the job permanently, even if this was not a particularly strong performance from his much-changed side. The Belgian has taken a lot of criticism this season and in the eyes of many it was no coincidence that United impressive recent results coincided with him not starting games, but he now has three goals in three games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took responsibility for Manchester United's lacklustre display against Reading after admitting his team selection had made the task more hard.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not yet spoken to Manchester United bosses about extending his stay at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season despite a ideal start to his reign. That's the right call.

Though personnel was slightly different compared to United's full strength defence, the back four allowed Reading too many opportunities to attack with gaps left across the pitch. The Spanish playmaker sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot. Well done by Juan, he gets the ball down and the penalty was well struck. Lukaku does manage to create a little space to shoot, but Jaakkola beats the effort away.

Reading arrived at Old Trafford without a win in their previous 10 matches but proved a handful on an afternoon that saw United emerge 2-0 victors thanks to Juan Mata's penalty - after a lengthy video assistant referee delay - and a cool Romelu Lukaku strike. Looking to add something for United to break with, Chong completed 91% of his passes and had 13 touches of the ball while also helping his side push high to pressure Reading.

Sanchez then played a pass behind Reading's defense for Lukaku to round the goalkeeper and slot home from an acute angle in stoppage time.

Sergio Romero starts in goal, while Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young take up the full-back slots. Marcus Rashford is certainly playing with confidence running through his veins and Romelu Lukaku is also back in the goals, but there is one star who is growing into his role at the club in eye catching fashion. Subs: Aluko 6, Barrow 5, Meite 5.

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