Christian Atsu earns Manchester United manager Solskjaer's praise


Premier League strugglers Burnley made hard work of a 1-0 win over third-tier Barnsley in a match notable for a freakish VAR intervention in the first half.

When Mourinho was sacked the team also had a goal difference of zero and that's now been boosted to a respectable 11, only four of Arsenal who they're now just three points behind.

"It has to start with the way we play because results you can not control", he said.

Tahith was thankful for Solskjaer's decision and spoke highly about how the manager has impacted himself along with the other academy players. The goals are flowing but United remain suspect at the back.

Brighton, beaten in a replay by United in the 1983 FA Cup final, scored with what amounted to their first attack of the game when Anthony Knockaert fired them into a 31st-minuted lead.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning before the clash against Reading in the FA Cup, Solskjaer said of the January transfer window: "I don't expect anyone to come in".

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The nature of the festive calendar has meant that the Norwegian has already overseen five games, winning all of them.

There are away trips to Brighton and Leicester in the next few weeks with a home game against Burnley. This transfer window has probably been planned since the summer and the year before.

Manchester United look like a completely different side under Solskjaer and are playing the free flow football that they did under Sir Alex Ferguson. There may be hope for Victor Lindelof but he often appears casual in defence and switches off at inopportune moments.

The caretaker manager confirmed that centre-backs Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are still sidelined through injury. The Belgian is 30-years-old but could conceivably give United four or five decent seasons at his best.

In the process, the Red Devils have scored 16 goals - some feat given that they only managed 39 in 24 in all competitions under Jose Mourinho this season. 'It's early doors. When I came in, they (United) were open and honest.

Mata dispatched a cool penalty - his first FA Cup goal since the victorious final of May 2016 - after referee Stuart Atwell penalised Omar Richards for a foul on the Spain worldwide after a VAR consultation, with Fred's strike having been disallowed for offside in the same move.