No matter the circumstances, there’s always a degree of optimism that accompanies the arrival of a new manager.
Optimism isn’t a word that’s been familiar to the Manchester United faithful in recent times, but hope remains that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can lift the cloud that hung over the club during the latter days of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez unavailable, the new caretaker boss gave Marcus Rashford the centre forward berth, and the young Englishman struck gold within a matter of minutes.
A superb free kick from 30 yards got United on the scoresheet in just three minutes.
Rashford’s swerving effort went right at the last second to render keeper Neil Etheridge useless in the Cardiff frame.
There was no deflection as is evident from the replay.
He, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have combined well in the front three thus far, with United generally looking to press more and take on more risk in the early going.