Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford return ended in another victory for Manchester United’s caretaker manager as a Paul Pogba brace helped see off spirited Huddersfield.
Charged with injecting new life into United’s ailing season following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, Solskjaer’s side failed to reach the heights scaled at Cardiff yet ended up with another comprehensive Premier League win.
The 45-year-old received a superb reception as he returned to Old Trafford as the club’s manager, 11-and-a-half years after representing them as a player, and oversaw a 3-1 win against Huddersfield as Pogba’s pair complemented Nemanja Matic’s first-half goal.
It could have been a different story had captain David De Gea not produced an outstanding stop to deny Laurent Depoitre levelling during a spell in the ascendancy for David Wagner’s strugglers. Huddersfield would beat the United goalkeeper, but Mathias Jorgensen’s effort was only a consolation.
That late goal, and the Terriers’ time on top, underlined the work still required at United, but the fans’ appreciation was as audible as it was understandable after flashes of excitement at a ground where there has been precious little.
Two wins from two represents the perfect start for United's interim boss who has clearly been able to take the shackles off so many players who had previously been underperforming under Jose Mourinho.
Not only Pogba, but Rashford - spearheading the attack in Lukaku's absence - too looks instilled with a fresh wave of confidence.
And Solskjaer revealed after the game that he plans to work closely with the young English forward to try and improve his finishing inside the box.
When asked about Rashford by Ryan Giggs for Norwegian TV, the Red Devils' boss said: "What we can do with him is use him more.
"I don't think the team is used to his runs. If you just watch him, the amount of runs and good runs he makes in the second half when we're 2-0 up and 3-0 up and he makes runs in behind.
"And I'll work on his finishing, just settle down a little bit. He's got a great strike from outside the box and inside the box we'll just keep on working on being cool and calm and pass it past the keeper."
Tutoring and guidance from one of the most instinctive finishers in the game could just prove the making of Marcus Rashford.News Now - Sport News