Newcastle 0 – Manchester United 2
Ole Gunner Solskjaer became just the second Man United manager to start their career with four straight wins on Wednesday night at Newcastle.
The other? Sir Matt Busby.
Solskjaer made an inspired double substitution in the second half at St James’ Park which instantly paid dividends.
Romelu Lukaku came off the bench with Alexis Sanchez, and seconds later the Belgian prodded Man United ahead following a Marcus Rashford free-kick.
Alexis Sanchez then set up Rashford for United’s second of the game.
Jonjo Shelvey’s terrible tackle on Paul Pogba
One of the big talking points after the match was Jonjo Shelvey’s terrible tackle on Paul Pogba.
In the 72nd minute, Shelvey floored Pogba which a reckless attempt at winning the ball.
With his studs up, Shelvey tuck his boot in the back of Pogba’s leg.
So Shelvey was sent off, right? No.
Not only did Andre Marriner refrain from displaying a red card, Shelvey wasn’t even booked.
Could the Newcastle midfielder be slapped with retrospective action?
Possibly, however the smart money is that Shelvey will escape without punishment.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer on staying at Man United
After the Newcastle match, Ole Gunner Solskjaer made it clear that he wants the job on a full-time basis.
Solskjaer is only in the Man United dugout on an interim basis until the end of the season on loan from Molde.
However when asked about his future plans after the Newcastle game, he stated he doesn’t want to leave the club in May.
Solskjaer on his bond with #mufc fans. “I scored after six minutes of my debut & since then they've been singing my name. It’s so humbling but of course it's fantastic to hear these songs. I've always had that relationship with United fans.” On leaving in May? “I don’t want to.”
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 2, 2019