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Man United’s delicious team goal would never have been scored under Jose Mourinho

Anthony Martial finished off a team move that wouldn't have looked out of place in Barcelona

Jose Mourinho eat your heart out.

It was clear to see the immediate impact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had on Man United just 45 minutes into the clash with Cardiff.

The Red Devils seem to have rediscovered their mojo just days after Mourinho was given his marching orders and replaced by the popular Norwegian.


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A new era

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A new era

The stark shift in footballing philosophy from the previous regime was highlighted in Anthony Martial’s first-half strike.

The Frenchman finished off what was a brilliant free flowing team move that was more the sort of goal we’ve become used to seeing in the blue half of Manchester.

The 23-year-old marked his eighth Premier League start of the campaign by netting his eighth goal and what will surely be the first of many under Solskjaer.

Martial picked up the ball just past the halfway line and ran at the Cardiff defence

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Martial picked up the ball just past the halfway line and ran at the Cardiff defence

The Frenchman travelled unchallenged towards the opposition’s box before finding Paul Pogba

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The Frenchman travelled unchallenged towards the opposition’s box before finding Paul Pogba

United’s No6 then found Jesse Lingard in the box with a deft first time pass

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United’s No6 then found Jesse Lingard in the box with a deft first time pass

Lingard slipped in Martial who had continued his run from deep with a first time pass

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Lingard slipped in Martial who had continued his run from deep with a first time pass

Martial slotted past Neil Etheridge into the far corner with aplomb

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Martial slotted past Neil Etheridge into the far corner with aplomb

The expertly worked goal was a throwback to the style of football that United so often used to take pride in playing under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Under Mourinho, Martial often cut a frustrated figure and looked void of confidence, a stark contrast to the aura he was giving off against Cardiff.

The Frenchman’s predatory extincts kicked in for his goal as he chased up his original pass and was on hand to finish in devastating fashion.

Confidence personified

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Confidence personified

Pogba’s involvement in the goal will also no doubt please United fans who were hoping to see a reaction after the Frenchman’s public falling out with the previous manager.

Man United playing tiki-taka? What a time to be alive.


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