Today’s win at the King Power Stadium keeps Manchester United in touch with the Premier League’s top four.
The omens are good for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company ahead of a busy period that sees the return of European football. After his first dropped points in a draw to Burnley, the Norwegian maintained his undefeated streak as caretaker United boss today with a 1-0 win.
It’s nine wins in his first ten games, and their fifth consecutive away win in all competitions for the first time since October 2012, under a certain Sir Alex Ferguson [OptaJoe].
4 – Manchester United have won four more points than any other Premier League team since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match in charge (22 points – W7 D1 L0). Resurgent. #LEIMUN pic.twitter.com/RFYpum5WkS
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2019
In his 100th Premier League appearance, Marcus Rashford scored what proved to be the early winner.
At 21 years and 95 days old, he becomes the second youngest player in Premier League history to reach 100 appearances for the club, behind only Ryan Giggs by a mere 21 days [Opta].
Rashford’s ninth minute strike was his 26th goal in the Premier League, the most for the Red Devils since the Englishman’s debut three years ago. Anthony Martial, who recently signed a new contract, is one behind on 25, followed by Romelu Lukaku on 24 [SkySportsStatto].
Lukaku’s absence in favour of Rashford down the middle is still jarring to see, but there’s no denying that the latter has been full value for the faith that Solskjaer has placed in him.
The 21-year-old has now been involved in 12 goals in his last 12 league games, with the latest being his sixth in eight league games under Solskjaer and his ninth in all this season – his best tally to-date.
The win puts United two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, though they could move back to sixth if Arsenal overcome Manchester City in the evening kick-off.