(Luton – Manchester United 0-3) They secured promotion in the league cup. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United was for a long time as gray as the away kits on Kenilworth Road. But in the end, the advancement to the 4th round was easily secured.
Thus, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has won 50 of his 92 first matches as United manager. Only Ernest Mangnall (78 games) and Jose Mourinho (81 games) have taken 50 victories faster as bosses at the club.
– The most important thing is that we moved on. It was quite positive, goalkeeper (Dean Henderson) did his job, we scored some nice goals in the end, otherwise a good work session, sums up Solskjær to Sky Sports.
His face lay in worried folds before the break. But after 44 minutes came the relief. One of the few good United attacks – directed by Donny van de Beek – ended with Brandon Williams pulling past Luton’s George Moncur.
The punishment was not much discussed.
With Bruno Fernandes on the bench, Juan Mata got the job. The Spaniard routinely put in 1-0 for United.
– We did a professional job, did not concede goals, scored three and played something good, says Mata.
Solskjær had only retained Harry Maguire from the starting line-up in the disappointing league opener. A brand new United team – with debutant Dean Henderson in goal – failed to dominate.
Luton barely made it to the Championship last season, but has had a very good start to this one. But also Luton manager Nathan Jones had replaced almost the entire team from the victory over the derby last weekend. Only two men were left from the starting lineup.
United struggled to create anything and Luton were dangerous when they countered. Luton striker Danny Hylton came to a couple of opportunities. But Henderson – last year loaned to Sheffield United – was good when he had to.
Manchester United gained better control after the break. Donny van de Beek showed that he can be a good addition. The Dutchman moved more than most and was still in the right place.
Only Luton goalkeeper James Shea’s foot parade prevented the 23-year-old from scoring. Solskjær made a triple change right afterwards. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood came in without any immediate effect.