Solskjaer maintains ideal start as United beat Reading in Cup

Solskjaer maintains ideal start as United beat Reading in Cup

Solskjaer maintains ideal start as United beat Reading in Cup

This was hardly a convincing win by United - Reading wasted a slew of chances at Old Trafford - and Solskjaer put down the underwhelming performance to selecting a makeshift line-up, albeit one filled with global players.

Solskjaer also offered United fans a first glimpse of Dutch teenage winger Tahith Chong as a second-half substitute.

"It was always going be hard with my team selection", Solskjaer said, after making nine changes to his team.

"I'm happy with squad I've got".

"We do a lot of stuff together off the pitch and now we are going to be together for a week and hopefully it can help make us an even tighter unit".

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.

Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite to be installed in the summer but Solskjaer, who has won his first four games by an aggregate score of 14-3, said: 'Man United fits me very well because it's in me. Fred releases Lukaku, who looks to be one-on-one but can't quite shake Moore and then gets the ball caught under his feet.

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"He's been out a month now, he's had 20 minutes against Newcastle, half an hour maybe".

West Ham's Samir Nasri, the former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder playing 60 minutes on his debut for the east London side, having joined after completing a doping ban.

"You know the quality [Sanchez] has", Solskjaer added.

There is now a much more positive atmosphere at Old Trafford and that could be invaluable if a number of the key players are to commit their futures.

The Norwegian has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, taking in Premier League victories against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and seeing off Reading in the FA Cup.

68' - SAVE! Young gets the better of three Reading players down the left and cuts the ball back for Fellaini, who has most of the goal to aim at, but his flick is too close to Jaakkola who prevents a third. That will give me more of a reference for where we are against the top boys.

- United have lost just one of their last 52 FA Cup games against teams from a lower division (W44 D7), suffering defeat to Leeds United in January 2010.

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