Solskjaer maintains flawless start as United beat Reading in Cup

Arnold Nichols
January 7, 2019

Victory continues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's remarkable start as United manager, with the Red Devils yet to taste defeat under their new boss.

A £45million bid is expected to be made by United, with Solskjaer and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward sitting to discuss the deal this week.

The Norwegian has already revealed that he will be involved in talks over any January transfer targets, and The Mirror reports that he will also now help decide the futures of players soon to be out of contract.

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. "I think it's going to be a great football match and, obviously, Manchester United have to turn up and do what we're doing, and do more and I think we can do that".

"They controlled it in the first five minutes and we weren't up to speed".

23' - GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Reading (Mata).

United have also scored 16 goals during Solskjaer's time in charge although will expect a tougher test at Wembley as they face Tottenham in the Premier League in their next fixture. We lost an FA Cup final in my previous year (to Chelsea in 2007).

Solskjaer can surpass Busby's mark with a win at Tottenham in the Premier League next weekend, and more and more players are putting their hands up for selection, especially in attack. We didn't have too much time to work.

But just as Reading's hope began to grow along came Lukaku to extinguish it, keeping his cool when meeting a pass from Sanchez to round Jaakkola and roll into the empty net.

Reading, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from their FA Cup elimination as they host play-off chasing Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

"We're looking forward to that one because it'll give me more of a reference as to where we are against the top boys".

It was left to fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata to score in the 49th and 59th minutes, with the striker set up both times by crosses from 20-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

United initially had a goal disallowed for offside against Fred but referee Stuart Attwell, after a lengthy consultation with the video assistant referee, awarded the home side a penalty for a foul on Mata in the build-up.

Pogba was absent from the squad which flew to Dubai on Saturday evening for a warm weather training camp ahead of the trip to Spurs on Jan.13.

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