Manchester United started life without Jose Mourinho with a stylish and energetic display under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they thrashed Cardiff 5-1.
Goals from Marcus Rashford (3), Ander Herrera (28), Anthony Martial (41) and a second-half double from Jesse Lingard (64, 90) saw United score five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson departed.
After the negative performances under Mourinho, Solskjaer seemed to give his players a freedom to express themselves and was rewarded with a scintillating attacking showing, spearheaded by Martial, who looked especially rejuvenated, as did Paul Pogba.
Cardiff, who had won their last three home games, were completely outclassed and could only muster a penalty from Victor Camarasa (38) in response to United’s silky and exciting showing.
United made the perfect start when Pogba won a free-kick after a neat one-two and Rashford stepped up to blast home a swerving effort from 30 yards.
Pogba played a part in the second goal, too. The World Cup winner – out in the cold under Mourinho – found Herrera with a clever ball and the Spanish midfielder’s effort from 25 yards took a deflection off Greg Cunningham and flew into the top corner.
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