Confidence shock This vague opinion, which the Argentine attempted to hear three years ago as an overture of rain from investment that will never come, seems to work as a fuel for Manchester United players, that after Jose Mourinho's forced departure and the weak first season got used to victory. Renewed illusions? The magic hand of the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Distension that created the end of an inappropriate link? Only they know it.
2-0 as a guest against Newcastle, painstakingly and tightly, was far from much larger displays against Cardiff (5-1), Huddersfield (3-1) and Bournemouth (4-1), but that meant the fourth consecutive victory in just 12 days from the arrival of the new coach. The parties at the end of the year for United were undoubtedly happy without Mourinho, the man with whom "neither chefs nor props were happy", as he assured several days before Wayne Rooney, historically the best scorer of the club.
In general, a stay at the bank of Solskjaer, a former club player between 1996 and 2007 and a 13-red shirt winner with a red shirt, will be short. It is expected that at the end of the season there will be a new coach. But, the support of the players ("We are more offensive and so we want to play," said French Paul Pogba for this new cycle., one of Mourinho's toughest opponents), the results and some signs of the Norwegian might hold him.
Against Newcastle, the DT intervention distorted the fate of the game. In the 18th minute of the second half, Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who entered only 10 seconds before replacing Anthony Martial, used the return of the Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after a free kick from Marcus Rashford and broke the round Pig They built around their area. Later, Rashford resolved the duel by a good reaction by knitting with Lucaku and Chilean Alexis Sanchez, another of the solutions Solskayer had at the bank.
Until then, United monopolized the ball and threw out the rival area but failed in the penultimate touch and difficultly complicated Dubravka in the duel with a lot of friction and a strong leg (local captain Jamal Lascelles was due to see red with violent slipping of Ander Herrera , but got yellow).
United's triumphant attack allows him to start in 2019 with a different look: with these 12 points he climbed to the sixth position, up to 16 units to Liverpool (On Thursday, we will visit Manchester City on the 17th), but in only three positions that allocate the classification of the next season in continental contests. It seems a very modest aspiration for one of the giants of English football, but it was nearly a chimera to think about it two weeks ago, when Mourinho was knocked out.