Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first Manchester United manager to win his first five games in charge with a comfortable victory over Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon.
A controversial penalty was fired home by Juan Mata, before Romelu Lukaku wrapped up another happy afternoon for the Norwegian before half-time.
United came into this contest as comfortable favourites but really struggled to impose any quality into the game early on and initially looked second best to their Championship opposition.
Fred thought he had the ball in the back of the net around the 20-minute mark, following the first neat exchange from Manchester United. His effort was ruled out for offside but a VAR intervention deemed Juan Mata to have been fouled in the build-up and the referee pointed to the spot.
Mata then stepped up to take the penalty and expertly slotted the ball past Anssi Jaakkola to give his side an undeserved lead. United continued to struggle in the first half before Romelu Lukaku hit Reading with a sucker-punch right before the break.
John Swift was caught in possession for Reading, setting Alexis Sanchez on his way who made no mistake with his incisive forward ball, finding Lukaku who powered his finish into the back of the net to give United a comfortable lead at halftime.
Reading introduced some attacking changes for the second half and continued to test United who looked increasingly likely to let the lead slip. But other than a few promising opportunities, it came to nothing for the visitors.
United’s afternoon was summed up late on as Marcus Rashford rounded the keeper to wrap up the points but instead lost his footing a slid out of play with the ball. It was a low-quality encounter in the end but United got the job done.