Manchester United's bench the last time they scored five goals was outrageous

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It has been a difficult few years to be a Manchester United fan.

Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, things just haven’t gone according to plan.

While several trophies have been won, the managers that have followed in the great Scot’s footsteps have simply failed to step out of the mighty shadow he casts.

In fact, United have now gone through three managers all before the original contract David Moyes was handed would have even expired.

The club has struggled to find a new identity without the incredible leadership of Ferguson but the last few months have been especially turbulent.

Jose Mourinho’s tenure basically descended into farce as a toxic dressing room environment ruined any chance of challenging for this season’s title.

However, hope has been renewed once again with the departure of the grinch Mourinho and the arrival of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In fact the Norweigan has already achieved something that none of his predecessors have managed since Ferguson’s departure, as United scored five goals in his first game in charge.

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Cardiff were taught a thorough lesson as the Solskjaer revolution roared into life.

However, there is still plenty of work to be done and Solskjaer will be under no illusions.

When you look back to the team that last scored five goals for the Red Devils you quickly realise just how much damage has been done in the last few years.

In fact, you need only look at the bench options available to Ferguson on that day to realise just how incredible a side it was that he had built.

Wow, just wow.

Quite possibly the most bonkers bench there has ever been.

Incredibly, that game vs West Brom - Ferguson’s last in charge - would go on to finish 5-5 but the kind of options he could call on off the bench shows that those really were the good days.

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Solskjaer will be desperate to bring them back though and he has certainly started well.

Could the Norwegian be the one to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford?

The fans will certainly be hoping so.

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