Since Marcus Rashford’s third-minute freekick year-old goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and into the corner of their Cardiff net, Solskjaer’s initial reaction was’wow’.

After that, reality took hold. Manchester United’s newly installed manager clenched his fists and turned to devour Mike Phelan – a guy, such as Solskjaer, who’s a blast from Sir Alex Ferguson’s past, restored into the assistant manager’s character he uttered when David Moyes arrived in 2013 and washed his illustrious predecessor’s entire backroom team.

It had been the prelude into a quite amazing evening for the 45-year-old Norwegian at Cardiff City Stadium.

He managed a United team that scored five times in a Premier League game.

Also it had been the very first time a Solskjaer team had scored five inside this stadium, despite the fact that he spent eight weeks as Cardiff’s manager in 2014.

IE]>Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banner, with Paul Pogba in the foreground

The reception Solskjaer received by the home fans was odd.

Speaking one to one, these certainly were largely indifferent to the guy who shot them down into the Championship five seasons ago. Opinion ranged from the being impossible to the wrong man in the incorrect place at the incorrect time. All felt Solskjaer had been a decent bloke and the expectation – if it existed – was it travelled well for him at Old Trafford once his very first assignment was completed.

But when he awakened the people’ team trainer 90 minutes before kick off, he had been greeted with a chorus of loud boos. To his credit, Solskjaer didn’t flinch, responding only with a polite smile as he stumbled through the visitors’ entry.

For the travelling United supporters, it had been just another matter entirely.

Beforehand, the ones I spoke to believed there is a opportunity to reconnect the club into the glorious history.

As the teams came out, the 3,000 gathered in the people’ section had a protracted play-list of music devoted to the Norwegian, one of the most popular characters to play for the club throughout the Ferguson era.

At the final whistle, as they observed in a manner they’ve had chance to in recent decades, Solskjaer moved to them applauded.

If Mourinho had reacted to a victory this way, he’d probably have already been accused of it. It’s reasonable to assume Solskjaer doesn’t.

“It makes you proud,” he said of the reception. “It’s emotional and iam very happy for them since it has a very long ride back into Manchester. I am pleased they can discuss the boys”

IE]>Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Fred and Paul Pogba