Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is still adjusting to Reds job

Xherdan Shaqiri

United will have another opportunity to boost morale as they are at home to Huddersfield Town in their next Premier League match on Boxing Day.

Manchester United beat Cardiff 5-1 away in their first match after Jose Mourinho's sacking and former player Wayne Rooney, who was a guest of BT Sport at the game, gave his thoughts on the Portuguese.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs were among the star names in attendance and almost saw Huddersfield land the first blow as United's shaky backline was unsteadied by a long throw as Terence Kongolo fired over.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can not wait to lead Manchester United out at Old Trafford for the first time - and he believes his side are ready to put on a Boxing Day show. "Take risks", said Jesse Lingard, who scored twice in Cardiff, at what Solskjaer's message has been.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is desperate to finish in the top four as missing out on the Champions League would cost more than £40m in lost revenue, prize money and sponsorship. We have played against a world-class side, we have seen why Paul (Pogba) is a World Cup victor, two world-class strikes, and this is why we lost this game.

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A couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to play against Chelsea, José Mourinho was asked whether his present club could ever hold the same place in his affections as his former one. But we spoke in a team meeting before the Cardiff game about when we get one goal, we want to get two. "When we get two, we want to get three".

Although Solskjaer has only received the job on a temporary basis, it presents a brilliant opportunity for him to write a new chapter in his United folklore before the season is out. The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United. You always go and attack. That's tradition, that's history and that's how we play.

Diego Dalot shot wide from a Marcus Rashford cross and Huddersfield threatened to punish that miss with a good start to the second half, in which Laurent Depoitre was denied acrobatically by David de Gea.

One game, one performance, is not going to paper over the cracks of what remains a United squad in need of much more than short term festive joy.

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