The journey to FA cup glory began with Manchester United hosting Reading at Old Trafford. It ended in a 2nd consecutive clean sheet for our caretaker boss, thanks to goals from Lukaku and Mata.
Here are five things #ManUtdNaijaFM learnt from this clash:
1. 'TOM AND JERRY'
Reading played against United in a shocking way. They were so comfortable on the ball, had far more shots, greater possession(68%), and didn't give United space to develop a pattern.
In both first and 2nd half, United chased the ball like 'Tom chasing Jerry' to the point we thought there were 15 Reading players on the pitch.
2. RISKY FRED
Since signing for United, the Brazilian has struggled to fit into United's midfield. Though energetic and has the desire to make forward runs, his consistent problem has been losing possession.
Today, each time he had the ball, he was more likely to lose it than complete the pass. He needs to step up.
3. THE MATTER WITH MATA
The little Spanish magician, Juan 'Bankole' Mata started in the troublesome right wing slot. He struggled to impose himself on the game. Despite his well taken penalty, he had a horrid game.
He was constantly bullied off the ball. As long a Juan plays on the right, we may never see him at his best.
4. SCOT McTOMINAY
Josè's trusted warrior had his first taste of football under Solskjaer. Surprisingly, he was given a more advanced role in the midfield, leaving the more creative Perreira behind as the anchor man.
He contibuted very little to the team going forward. If he would have a future at United, he might have to take 'tutorials' from Matic and adapt to a defensive midfield role.
Matteo 'Sambo' Darmian played in an unfamiliar centre back role alongside Phil 'Osaze' Jones. He surprisingly put up a very solid and assured performance in the heart of the defence.
He showed guile and good 'ball sense' in dealing with Reading's attacks including aerial threat. He didn't put a foot wrong.#ManUtdNaijaFM Man of the Match
IN THE END, though it was a 'dirty' clean sheet, it was a clean sheet with the needed job done.
Congrats to Solskjaer for becoming the first manager in United's history to win his 1st five games. His name shall be Ole 'Ugonna' Solskjaer ......Ole! Ole!! Ole!!!.
What did you make of today's performance?
GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED.