Solskjaer is key to Pogba leaving Manchester United, says Moyes

Posted April 01, 2019

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is impressed by the current form of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

Solskjaer's reign as permanent United manager got off to a victorious, albeit unspectacular, start at Old Trafford on the weekend.

The Norwegian won 14 out of 19 games in all competitions to revive the club's challenge for a top-four place as well as reaching the Champion League quarter-finals.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure as a permanent boss at Manchester United went off to a brilliant start as Marcus Rashford scored the first goal after the announcement with a sublime finish.

Put to Solskjaer that it was a good result but perhaps a less impressive performance, the newly-appointed manager said: "Well summarised".

"I think that's what they'd been lacking in the last couple of years".

"The first 20 minutes we started so slow and sloppy and you could see we have had players out with injuries in the worldwide break and not been able to train them", said Solskjaer.

"First half, there were times we weren't at our best, but second half - I'll speak the truth: we were very bad".

Rashford opened the scoring, but give Luke Shaw a lot of the credit for the counter attacking goal.

The Dutchman's attempt to repaint his time at United, offering the defence his team performed better than their points tally suggested, conveniently glossed over the fact the style of the performance was generally the problem.

Paul Pogba gave the ball away too easily and too often, while Doucoure created Watford's first chance with a right-footed shot that came close in the sixth minute.

"OK, the last two games haven't gone to plan, [but] if you have the momentum that the team have at the moment, that's all you want".

Watford will feel truly hard done by, having been all over Manchester United in the opening half hour. But their decision making in the final third was continuing to let them down. "That was a poorer performance than when we lost to Wolves".

Although they regained their confidence in the second half and continued to press United, they couldn't capitalise on their efforts on goal.

United however had to labour through during the Saturday, March 30, encounter as they struggled to settle in during the opening exchanges.