Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United keep rolling on

Caretaker Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United speaks during a press conference

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has instilled a new sense of attacking freedom and belief in a squad that, in truth, should never have been 19 points behind league-leading Liverpool after the halfway mark.

It wasn't United's best performance under Solskjaer but it's another win and the wins keep coming.

"Hopefully, he'll be okay for next weekend", Solskjaer said. On a day where few United players made a case that they deserve more playing time, he was one of the few bright spots. On the other side of things, Reading hit the target with two of their five efforts but really only tested Sergio Romero once in the first half.

"When you win games of football, you're happy", he said.

The Dutchman is thought of as one of United's brightest stars and there's no real reason why he can't make the right-wing position his own if develops quickly enough.

"I think he will be okay, he was exhausted".

"But we got the goals and managed to get through".

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It far from a flawless performance and he will be annoyed to have only scored one goal, but his ability to take one of the two good chances he had was ultimately the difference between the two side.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have shown the most drastic improvement under Solskjaer, while Romelu Lukaku got back among the goals, scoring three in three, including two from the bench.

The Frenchman was on the end of a heavy challenge from Jonjo Shelvey during the 2-0 win at St James' Park on Wednesday and was unable to train before the FA Cup clash with the Championship side.

"You can't ask for more than going through but the way we played wasn't the best", said Solskjaer, who matched Matt Busby's record of winning his first five matches in charge.

It was left to fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata to score in the 49th and 59th minutes, with the striker set up both times by crosses from 20-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

They took the lead on 22 minutes when VAR ruled Mata had been fouled in the area by Omar Richards before Fred had struck the ball home, only to be ruled offside.

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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