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OGS admits he wants Manchester United to keep more clean sheets

OGS admits he wants Manchester United to keep more clean sheets

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match in caretaker charge of Manchester United couldn't have gone any better, as the Reds ran out 5-1 winners against Cardiff on Saturday.

Back-to-back wins under Solskjaer will only help to boost morale after those tough final few months under Mourinho, and Arsenal and Chelsea will play later on Wednesday knowing that anything but a win will give United hope in their quest to catch the top four. Whatever he has done, it has worked: In two games United have scored eight goals, courtesy of six different scorers.

The biggest roar of the afternoon, though, had come just before kickoff, when stadium announcer Alan Keegan asked: "Will you please welcome back the legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer".

But Solskjaer has shown faith in the 25-year-old, who starts alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, while Diogo Dalot also comes into the side at right-back in place of Ashley Young. "Take risks", said Jesse Lingard, who scored twice in Cardiff, at what Solskjaer's message has been.

"So I shook hands with him and said, 'Listen I thought you were a fantastic player, brilliant player, and even though I'm a Liverpool fan I just wanted to shake your hand'".

"In the first 10 minutes of second half we struggled but for David De Gea's save I think it would have been really, really hard if they got to 1-1 that they deserved", Solskjaer said.

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"I was surprisingly calm all day".

A theme of Solskjær's brief time in charge has been an attempt to bring a little more enjoyment to United's football, to help them rediscover their attacking verve. I had such a great relationship with them. That's tradition, that's history and that's how we play.

Forwards Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial could all return for Sunday's game against Bournemouth.

Wagner felt his side lacked a cutting edge at key moments, and United's ability to convert their chances, especially Pogba's fine finishing, proved to be the difference.

Solskjær takes charge of his first United game at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, something it looks as if he still can not quite believe is happening.