The Old Trafford faithful have come to games in recent months not expecting much and just hoping that Mourinho would somehow get his team over the line. Two wins in a row then for Solskjaer, an achievement Mourinho managed only twice this season.
The attitude is appreciated by the fan in the stands, who like Solskjaer, still believes United stand for attacking football. Zanka took some of the gloss off late on but many United fans had already set off for the pub by that stage. Pogba was free to sprinkle his class on the game, such as his goals and one majestic second-half through ball for Rashford.
There was a respite against 10-man Fulham but that was insufficient evidence that Mourinho could turn things around. Missing from the United performances was the belief that they could go out and hammer teams, something that was commonplace in Solskjaer’s days as a player but sadly lacking of late.
If the yardstick is Jose Mourinho’s final few matches against the Premier League’s relegation candidates, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game in charge of Manchester United was satisfactory after a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.
The France midfielder scored twice in the Norwegian’s first home game in charge as Huddersfield were seen off The line of three behind the striker – Mata, Lingard and Pogba, interchanged quite a bit and left an enthusiastic but ordinary Huddersfield backline unsure about who to mark.