Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: It was a good first touch from sub Lukaku!


The club's former striker has enjoyed a flawless start to life as United's manager since taking over from Jose Mourinho in mid-December, with the Red Devils scoring 14 goals in wins against Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth.

As soon as he came on, the Belgian latched on to Rashford's free kick, which was not cleanly held by Newcastle's otherwise excellent goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

"The "gaffer" (Alex Ferguson) used to challenge us on them and when we've won four you can go onto the next four and think about them".

"It was a very professional performance. The message is clear and consistent: in the final third, the accuracy of the final pass, the assist, the final decisions, that is the key if you want to score more goals".

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Rashford stood over the ball 30 yards from goal and hit a fizzing free-kick that Dubravka inexplicably spilled, with Lukaku alert to direct home with his first touch. When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away.

"We've not had the chance to do proper work on it yet but just having those words around you it makes a difference".

It was a frustrating evening for Chelsea, who dominated possession but lacked any cutting edge, maintaining a worrying sequence for Maurizio Sarri's team.

It was a typical match for Newcastle United against a top six side, sitting deep with all 10 players behind the ball, negating the space and frustrating the opponent.

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And had Pogba not found the side-netting instead of the goal, from a tight angle after rounding the keeper deep in injury time, it might have been an even more emphatic victory. "We need to solve the problem of the last 20 metres". He will link up with the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Newcastle winger Christian Atsu spurned a trio of half chances - something that seemed dangerously wasteful when Dubravka had to be quickly off his line to thwart Rashford and Juan Mata.

In the night's other entertaining match, West Ham and Brighton shared four goals in 12 second-half minutes in their 2-2 draw.

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Manchester United's resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjær continues.