Man United beats Brighton as Solskjaer sets another record
The Associated Press01/19/19, 12:39
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record-breaking start to life in the Manchester United dugout continued as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford struck against Brighton on Saturday to secure a seventh successive win in all competitions.
On a day when Old Trafford stood to remember Matt Busby ahead of the 25th anniversary of his death on Sunday, the caretaker coach broke another of the Scot’s long-standing United records.
In the process of claiming a seventh consecutive victory, Solskjaer became the first United coach to win his first six league games, with Pogba’s penalty and a Rashford stunner seeing off Chris Hughton’s Brighton 2-1.
The streak sees United’s 1999 treble hero go level with Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League record books, and further justifies the club’s decision to parachute him in to replace Jose Mourinho a month ago.
Pogba was reduced to a watching brief under the divisive Portuguese but continues to go from strength to strength under Solskjaer.
The France midfielder scored the penalty he won in a first half that also saw in-form Rashford mark his 150th appearance for the club with a stunning strike from an acute angle.
Pascal Gross netted the only goal of the second period as Brighton pushed but ultimately failed to end Solskjaer’s winning run.