Martial slots the ball away to score his eighth Premier League goal of the season, one behind his total in the league from last season (9).
Manchester United eased to a 5-1 win against Cardiff City in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game as interim manager, following the sacking of José Mourinho, on Tuesday.
The visitors took less than five minutes to open the scoring, after United midfielder, Paul Pogba was fouled by Cardiff player, Aron Gunnarsson, 30 yards out from the hosts’ goal and up stepped United striker, Marcus Rashford to produce a stunning free-kick, which ended up in the bottom right corner of the net, leaving Cardiff goalkeeper, Etheridge with no chance of stopping, as the ball skidded off the turf, leaving him wrong footed.
Rashford slams home Manchester United’s free-kick, after Pogba (far left) ran over the ball to leave it to the England international, to give Solskjaer the perfect start to his United managerial career, against Cardiff, who gave him his first opportunity in the Premier League, all the way back in 2014.
Over twenty minutes later, United doubled their lead with a stunning strike from midfielder, Ander Herrera, who was set up by Paul Pogba, however the hosts stood off the Spaniard, as he shot from 20 yards out, once again his goal was aided by a deflection off a Cardiff player, which took the ball way from Etheridge, which left him with no chance of stopping it, as the ball flew into the top right corner.
Stunner: Herrera’s long distance effort gives United a second goal, as the Cardiff players gave him the freedom of the stadium to score.
Eight minutes before half time, the hosts were awarded a penalty after United striker, Rashford handled the ball in his own penalty area, which Cardiff midfielder, Victor Camarasa, smashed into the top left corner of the goal, that left United goalkeeper, David De Gea couldn’t save as Cardiff halved the deficit, which left the home fans with the chance of dreaming a comeback against Manchester United.
Camarasa scores from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears at the Cardiff City Stadium, as the hosts make it 2-1.
However, three minutes the visitors, further extended the away side extended their lead to two clear goals, after Anthony Martial (see picture at start of article) and his French international team-mate, Pogba assisted the goal, as Martial slalomed into the box and confidently slotted the ball low into the bottom left corner.
At half-time, the scoreline remained 3-1 to the away side, in a half in which they dominated, as life after Mourinho got off to the perfect in the opening 45 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium. As the second half got underway, the visitors extended their lead to three goals, as they went 4-1 up through a penalty, which was converted by Jesse Lingard, after he was fouled by Cardiff defender, Sol Bamba, who clumsily wiped out the United player, that was a stonewall penalty, despite his protests to the referee.
Lingard celebrates in front of the away fans and is joined by team-mate, Matic, as United, cruised into fifth gear in the opening minutes of the second half.
Cardiff kept Manchester United three goals clear until the ninetieth minute of the game as Lingard doubled his goal tally in the match to give the visitors a fifth goal, something that the Red Devils had not achieved since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in May 2013, which happened to be a 5-5 draw against West Brom in his final game as manager. England international, Lingard ran in behind the Cardiff defence to pick up Paul Pogba’s pass, before coolly rounding Neil Etheridge and slotting in calmly to give Solskjaer, his first three points as United manager.
Cool as a cucumber: Lingard rounds Etheridge, as United score their fifth goal of the night, which gave the Red Devils their biggest win of the season so far.
At the final whistle, interim manager, Solskjaer came onto the pitch and celebrated with his players, as well as the fans, as the travelling fans, cheered his name in a jubilant manner, following such a comprehensive win against a Cardiff side, who before tonight had won four out of their last five league matches at home.
Happy once again: Pogba and Solskjaer exchange smiles with each other, as United looked like a team that is capable of finishing in the top four, as the troubles they had in Mourinho’s reign seemed to be a thing of the past.
Cardiff travel to Crystal Palace on the 26 December with a 15:00pm kick off, whilst Manchester United, host struggling Huddersfield Town at home, on the same day, also with a 15:00pm kick off.