Eight from eight from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his legend grows. He is at the wheel for Manchester United and has steered them into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they overcame Arsenal in a full-throttle tie. How good does that feel for their fans?
The caretaker manager maintained his perfect record, after succeeding Jose Mourinho, and took another big scalp, with the bonus of one of the goals being scored by Alexis Sanchez on his return to the club he left so bitterly last January. The Chilean has been an expensive failure at United, but this was an ideal response, even if he was not at his best.
Paul Pogba, though, was once again hugely impressive as he continued his post-Mourinho comeback. For Arsenal, after the boost of their win against Chelsea, this was an undoubted setback with the added frustration of losing two more key players – Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis – to injury.
It spilt over close to the end with substitute Marcus Rashford and Sead Kolasinac clashing by the touchline and players from both sides piling in. By then Arsenal had lost their heads. There were 10 minutes of injury time, but they just did not know how to use them and that was damning.
It had to be Sanchez who opened the scoring. He had been pilloried, he had struggled, his commitment and future understandably questioned, his move to United – so far – deemed an indisputable failure and this was his first return to the Emirates. The forward had been booed remorselessly, his every touch met with vitriol and bile, but he hit back as only big players do and it was a well-constructed strike.
CATHERINE IVILLLONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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