Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn’t have hoped for a better start as Manchester United’s interim boss.
The Norwegian watched on from the dug-out as his side thumped Cardiff City 5-1 in Wales this weekend.
Goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial gave them a 3-1 lead at the break before a Jesse Lingard brace in the second period rounded off the thrashing.
They now close the gap on the top four to eight points after capitalising on Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester earlier in the day.
However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done for Solskjaer if he is to revive United’s season.
And with the January transfer window on the horizon, it seemed he could get a little helping hand from potential arrivals.
However, that won’t be the case.
That’s because he won’t be allowed to spend in the next window, according to The Mirror.
When agreeing to replace Jose Mourinho at the helm earlier this week, he was also asked to work with the £500million squad he already has.
With a permanent manager in their sight, the Manchester side want to save their cash for the summer.
They also believe that there is still potential for the current squad, claiming that Mourinho failed to get the best out of them during the first half the season.
So unless United are plagued with long-term injuries over the festive period, they’ll be no new additions to the side until a permanent manager is appointed.
What is likely to happen instead?
Well, it seems United will be turning to their young guns.
The likes of Mason Greenwood and Aidan Barlow could be called upon in the near future after impressing within the youth set-up.
Academy chief Nicky Butt will be on stand-by after Solskjaer revealed that he will be giving their youth players an opportunity saying: “Young players will definitely get a chance – that is a big part of this job.”
“It’s part of the tradition and history of the club to give young players a chance.
“I will speak to Nicky Butt because he will know who is ready and at some point in the New Year it will happen.”
It is also believed that a director of football will be welcomed to the club to avoid any sort of turmoil surrounding player recruitment.
The appointment will likely to prevent a repeat of the problems that occurred between Mourinho and Vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
With Mauricio Pochettino seemingly in the managerial pipeline, it’s no surprise that Paul Mitchell is the frontrunner for the director of football role.
The pair had worked together at Southampton before a brief spell at Tottenham.
Mitchell, who is born in Salford, is currently the head of recruitment at Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Man United fans, do you think Solskjaer can get the best out of the current squad?