Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start as Manchester United’s interim manager with a 5-1 mauling of his former club Cardiff Saturday.
The former United striker succeeded boss Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Tuesday, and got his first win courtesy of a performance that echoed the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick, a deflected effort from Ander Herrera and a fabulous team goal by Anthony Martial effectively won the contest before half-time for a United side inspired by the recalled Paul Pogba, who had a hand in all three first-half goals.
Victor Camarasa’s penalty briefly gave Cardiff hope as they reduced the arrears to 2-1, but Jesse Lingard won and scored a second-half penalty and then rounded Neil Etheridge to tap into an empty net at the death to put the icing on the cake.
It is the first time United have scored five goals in a Premier League game since Ferguson’s last game in charge – a 5-5 draw with West Brom on the last day of the 2012/13 season.