Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became only the second manager of Manchester United to win his first four Premier League games in charge after they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Wednesday. With the win at St James’ Park, the Norwegian caretaker emulated the feat of Sir Matt Busby in 1946.
After comprehensive wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield, and Bournemouth, this was the Red Devil’s clean sheet under Solskjaer who replaced Jose Mourinho last month.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had only been on the pitch 38 seconds, scored with his first touch in the 64th minute after Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka made an error, trying to block a free-kick by Marcus Rashford.
The second goal came in the 80t minute with Rashford’s decent strike that calmly slipped into the net involving Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku.
Sanchez, who made a comeback from injury, impressed United fans with his skills, playing under Solskjaer for the first time.
With solid 12 points from the four games, United maintained 38 points, six points adrift of the Premier League fourth place Chelsea.
Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle continued to slump as they lost four of the last eight league games. Their last win was against Huddersfield in December.
United, under the charge of Busby, beat Grimsby, Chelsea, Charlton, and Liverpool at the start of that campaign in the 1946-47 season. They finished second in the Football League in the first season of action following the end of World War II.