Manchester United 2-0 Reading: Five Things We Learned

Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It wasn't the most convincing of performances from Manchester United but at least they got the job done.

The 2-0 victory against Reading secured Solskjaer's place in the United history books, yet it was their most unconvincing display to date.

The Norwegian has already revealed that he will be involved in talks over any January transfer targets, and The Mirror reports that he will also now help decide the futures of players soon to be out of contract.

"Obviously if the club have targeted and identified a few and I think they might fit here then I'll give my thumbs up".

Chris Wood continued his good recent scoring form by netting a decisive 92nd-minute penalty in Burnley's 1-0 win over Barnsley.

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The midfielder joined the Blues from Napoli at the last second following Sarri's appointment also from the Serie A giants. The Blues paid a whopping £57.8million to sign the 20-year-old United States star from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

Reading had their opportunities to hurt United's defence but on each occasion their young forwards failed to make the most of it, either hitting a tame shot or not managing to take a strike at all.

"Despite the result, I think we went out there and we did that". The more you are here, the more you enjoy it.

"We see the talent he's got but if he can add that last little bit, he's going to be worth £200m (R3.5 billion) in a couple of years".

Never in a million years was Paul Pogba going to be involved in Saturday's hope FA Cup match against Championship strugglers Reading.

The All White was one of six starters dropped for the Cup tie against third-tier Barnsley but got off the bench with 15 minutes remaining to score his third goal in three weeks and sixth of the season.

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He explained: 'I've got to know them [the players] because I've had plenty of time to speak to them, but we haven't had plenty of time to train.

Yet Solskjaer said his side would need to be much sharper when they face third-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next week - his hardest match since taking over.

"I thought the Newcastle game was a great example of us not just getting the first goal and sitting back to counter".

"He's been out a month now, he's had 20 minutes against Newcastle, half an hour maybe".

United initially had a goal disallowed for offside against Fred but referee Stuart Attwell, after a lengthy consultation with the video assistant referee, awarded the home side a penalty for a foul on Mata in the build-up.

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