Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Romelu Lukaku says Manchester United are 'back' under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Romelu Lukaku says Manchester United are 'back' under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United managed to overcome Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday but many fans would agree it was not a convincing one.

"It's early days", said Solskjaer.

"I'm here to work with the ones I've got, they've all performed and as long as they perform they should get a chance but that's my job to improve the team and individuals".

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

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Keen to play down a relatively kind fixture list at the beginning of his appointment, Solskjaer took time to highlight the difficulty in picking up points against any team in the top tier of English football. We feel now that even if we are not playing very well, we win and we have a clean sheet as well. "Two-nil flatters us because I think they played some great stuff".

Limping Sanchez was among those withdrawn, while 19-year-old Tahith Chong came on for his debut. Hopefully he won't be too bad. "I know they are quality players". "I'm here to voice my opinion on that and I'm sure we'll sit down - me and Ed [Woodward] - if we've got anything in the pipeline".

"He had one touch too many, could have finished when he was driving through the box, so he'll be fine".

Solskjaer's squad hot-footed it to the airport after the game, with the side heading to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp ahead of next Sunday's return to Premier League action at Tottenham.

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Towards the end, as Marcus Rashford sprinted round the Reading goalkeeper, overran the ball and then comically fell over, the home crowd were singing "Ole; Ole, Ole, Ole" in homage to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. As quoted by Manchester Evening News, the United boss said: "We've not conceded in open play yet in either of the five games [since Solskjaer took charge]".

"That doesn't mean I expect us to win all the games because it doesn't happen but they do go into a game and expect to win that one".

The Man United legend faces his toughest test next though, with a trip to face Tottenham at Wembley in the diary a week today.

Brighton, beaten in a replay by United in the 1983 FA Cup final, scored with what amounted to their first attack of the game when Anthony Knockaert fired them into a 31st-minuted lead.

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