Ole Gunnar Wins Record-Tying 5th Straight Win as United’s Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo by Craig Doyle/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock (9786422u)

Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer soared for a record-tying 5th straight win after his side defeated second-tier Reading 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The win put Ole at the same spot s Matt Busby, the only other Manchester United manager to have won his first five games as a manager. Busby made the record in the 1946-47 season. A victory over Tottenham Hotspurs next Saturday will see Solskjaer surpass Busby’s record.

Juan Mata scored from the penalty spot while Romelo Lukaku scored the second to give United an easy win. However, Manchester’s performance throughout the game was less than impressive. Too many chances were wasted while they also gave Reading plenty of chances to score.

The match also had its share of controversies. The referee had to confirm from the VAR whether United deserved a penalty and his prolonged stay off the field drew confusion from the crowd.

“I was quite sure it was a penalty on me,” Mata said. “It (the VAR) took longer than normal hopefully be quicker in future, but it was right decision.

The coach also criticized the slow nature of VAR technology, citing the penalty was clear and the referee didn’t have to spend so much off the field.

“The foul was clear and obvious and factual. I didn’t need VAR to see that Mata was fouled,” Solsjkaer said.