Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted his side produced a good performance against Newcastle but he was not happy with his player’s first-half display.

Romelu Lukaku opened the goal just one minute after replacing Anthony Martial before Marcus Rashford scored to make it 2-0 to sink the Magpies at St James’ Park.

Solskjaer, who has now won his fourth game in charge of United after Jose Mourinho dismissal, is happy for the clean sheet.

But the Norwegian coach has insisted that the Red Devils’ first-half performance wasn’t good enough.

“Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance,” Solskjaer said.

“We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”

“A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away!”

“We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”

“We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs to come to the end of March.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer compared Rashford’s free-kick technique to United icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

“You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either,” Solskjaer added.

“We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”

“In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”

“Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”

“He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.”

United are back in action on Saturday where they take on Championship side Reading in the FA Cup.

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