This was the club’s first match under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over the reins from Jose Mourinho as an interim boss.
Jose was sacked last week after two and a half years in charge of the Old Trafford unit. The Portuguese was often criticised for his defensive approach to the game. Mourinho did win big in his first season, and also had a decent campaign last term. But this season saw the club in misery from the start.
When United took the field against Cardiff, they had the intensity from the word go. They played with a vision of going forward, and the attacking display was on offer.
Ole, who claimed that he will install the methods used by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, capped off a brilliant win that had everyone smiling.
And as one wonders what the manager told his side going into the match post this magnificent show, United’s hero of the night, Jesse Lingard, revealed the same.
In his post-match interview, Jesse said that the gaffer told everyone to ‘play the United way’. The Red Devils had just two training sessions with Solskjaer following his appointment, so the gaffer did not get the time to dwell on tactics.
Lingard scored twice on the night against the promoted team. The front three, which consisted of Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford, all went on to score on Saturday.
“Just to be positive, take risks. If you lose the ball, win it back. Play the United way, attacking football and entertaining football,” Lingard said when asked what was the message from the caretaker boss.