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FA Cup: Arsenal 1 – 3 Manchester United

The build up to the game has been fantastic and the team was playing to win.

Romelu Lukaku unusually – not that I’m complaining – registered 2 assists; first for ex-gunner Alexis Sanchez who opened the scoring for the 4th round FA Cup in Emirates and second for England international Jesse Lingard.

It’s 8 wins from 8 games for the caretaker Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and it is clear that his presence, and the backroom staff, aren’t just bringing the “feel good factor” as they also bring tactical nuance too. They introduced Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial while we’re leading 2-1, a decision which was effective as the frenchman scored our third goal and effectively wins us the game against the most successful team in the cup.

Roll on FA Cup 5th round!

Manchester United 2 – 1 Brighton & Hove

As expected, Manchester United beat Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2-1 at Old Trafford

There were unrelaxing moments in second half but the team did what they suppose to do: playing attractive football by attacking their opponents most of the time.

Paul Pogba scored from the spot and Marcus Rashford made another brilliant highly skillful finish. The 21 year old England international has scored in five of the six league games under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Game highlights below:

Fellaini and Rojo to Leave Manchester United [Rumors]

Manchester United is open for the right offer to sell Marouane Fellaini as soon as this January transfer window [Mirror] while Marcos Rojo is reportedly also will be sold [Telegraph].

While I repeatedly say I am not a fan of the Belgian, I do have soft spot for the Argentinian.

Good luck to both players. Thank you for the memories.

Hotspur 0 – 1 Ole’s United [EPL]

It has been a while since the last time I feel nervous watching Manchester United. Widely touted as “the first real test” in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer‘s reign, the team in red was brilliant in the first half, attacking the in-form 3rd on the table Tottenham Hotspur.

Marcus Rashford scored from similar position where Harry Kane did not. It was a vital clinical strike by the 21 years old England international as it defined the winners and the losers.

Pochettino’s men were brilliant at the second half but main man David de Gea 11 saves make sure the scoreline stays one nil for the underdog visitors.

If you sadly missed the game, the official site has posted the highlight here. Enjoy!

The team passed “the first real test”. Today, Ole > Poch. Come on United!

How Being Molde Manager Shaped Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

Exciting read by Adam Crafton for the Daily Mail. Solksjaer was building a mini Manchester United in a small town in Norway. Never in the history of the club they can win the league. The result was a back to back league champion.

You can read the article here.

Eric Bailly in African Team of The Year

United center back Eric Bailly has been named in the 2018 African Team of the Year.

He has physicality and skill to be a top central back. But at times he is recklessness, like that tackle he did against Bournemouth, which we are comfortably leading the game 4-1, can cost the team.

He is only 24 though so he’s had the time to learn.

Congratulations!

David De Gea in FIFA Team of The Year

This isn’t his best year but he’s currently the best goal keeper in the planet.

Arsenal for 4th Round FA Cup

Arsenal will host Manchester United in the Emirates Stadium. The tie will be played in 25 January 2019.

Interesting stats: both clubs beat each other, more than any other side, in the competition.

Manchester United 2 – 0 Reading [FA Cup]

It wasn’t “another day at the office” as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made 9 changes to the squad and field a team that technically hasn’t work together. No fluidity like the first 4 games under him but some individual brilliance saves the day and bring us to the next round of FA Cup.

It’s not all gloom though as there are some positives too:

  • We score 2 and concede 0. It means 2 clean sheet and 5 wins out of 5 under the caretaker manager.
  • Matteo Darmian looking like a central defender while Sergio Romero is probably the best reserve goalkeeper in the league.
  • Romelu Lukaku scores 3 games in a row after Christmas break. It looks like Ole’s assessment of his striking techniques actually helps.
  • We give another youth the first senior team game to Tahith Chong.

If you are into mobile app, the official Manchester United mobile app has posted the game highlights.

Update: video highlight posted to the official website: link.

Newcastle United 0 – Manchester United 2

It was a deadlock until double changes that happened in the second half. Substitute Romelu Lukaku scores with his first touch of the game and Alexis Sanchez with a pass for second goal scored by Marcus Rashford.

I know I got a bit carried away like many other United fans this past 2 weeks, but the more you hear Ole’s interview as caretaker manager, the more you are convinced that he’s a United’s manager material!

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