Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becomes only the second manager in Manchester United’s history to win his first four league games in charge, emulating Matt Busby in 1946.
After decisive wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, this was Manchester United’s sternest test under the Norwegian interim manager.
They failed to win against Newcastle at their home ground in St. James Park last season under Mourinho but came through this time.
4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms
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This was another high-octane, attacking performance from a team that has come alive under the caretaker manager.
Lukaku, who had only been on the pitch only for a few seconds, made good use of a mistake by Martin Dubravka with the Slovakia keeper spilling a free-kick by Marcus Rashford.
Rashford doubled the lead after a sweeping pass involving Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez ultimately led the ball to his legs and he fired it past the keeper.
Among Manchester United managers, only Matt Busby can claim as strong a start, with Wednesday’s result having catapulted Solskjaer over Jose Mourinho into second place among all Old Trafford bosses in terms of fastest starts.
Busby holds the best mark of any manager in the club’s history having won his first five matches in charge.
Solskjaer will have a chance to make it 5 wins in a row when United faces Reading on Saturday for a FA Cup fixture.