6 matches that earned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the Manchester United job

Manchester United have named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s manager on a three-year deal following a successful spell as caretaker boss.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at six matches that helped the Norwegian get the job on a full-time basis.

Cardiff (a)

Manchester United produced a five-star display in Wales
Manchester United produced a five-star display in Wales (Nick Potts/PA)

Solskjaer enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm as United scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, winning 5-1 in the Welsh capital. Marcus Rashford scored after just three minutes, while Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard (two) were also on target.

Tottenham (a)

Tottenham could not find a way past David De Gea
Tottenham could not find a way past David De Gea (Mike Egerton/PA)

Solskjaer came through his toughest test so far with a 1-0 win at Wembley. However, he was indebted to David De Gea for a superb goalkeeping display as he became the first manager in the club’s history to win their first six games in charge.

Arsenal (a)

Jesse Lingard was on target for a clinical Manchester United
Jesse Lingard was on target for a clinical Manchester United (John Walton/PA)

Alexis Sanchez scored on his return to the Emirates Stadium as Solskjaer’s unprecedented winning run as United boss continued with a 3-1 triumph in the FA Cup fourth round.

Chelsea (a)


Solskjaer’s United bounced back from their first-leg defeat against PSG in the Champions League with an impressive display to dump holders Chelsea out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 fifth-round win at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool (h)

Manchester United had a trio of injuries to deal with against Liverpool
Manchester United had a trio of injuries to deal with against Liverpool (Martin Rickett/PA)

Solskjaer showed he can handle adversity by adapting to first-half injuries to Herrera, Juan Mata and his replacement Lingard, all of whom had to be substituted, to keep the Premier League leaders at arm’s length for a creditable goalless draw.

Paris St Germain (a)

Marcus Rashford's dramatic late penalty secured progression for Manchester United in Paris
Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late penalty secured progression for Manchester United in Paris (John Walton/PA)

Lukaku scored a brace for the third game in a row as United overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after a 3-1 win at Parc Des Princes. Lukaku scored either side of a Juan Bernat strike but it was in stoppage time that the real drama happened. Diogo Dalot’s shot hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm and, after a VAR review, referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot and Rashford kept his cool to convert.