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Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates

If it wasn't the absence of Jose Mourinho, it could only have been the full moon beaming down on the Cardiff City stadium that brought out the competitor in Paul Pogba again after months of messing and mind games under the previous manager.

Thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and two from Jesse Lingard, United scored five in the Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's final match in charge more than five years ago.

Pogba, who won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in 2016, was heavily criticised for a social media post sent in the wake of Mourinho's dismissal on Tuesday that appeared to mock the Portuguese coach. The way we went about our job from minute one to the 90th-minute was fantastic and the only disappointment was conceding the goal, but we take the positives from today's game and build on from here.

"Obviously, we are very happy with the result".

United go into the Christmas period in sixth place in the league table and the bookmakers reacted to their win in South Wales by cutting them in from 10/1 to 6/1 for a top-four finish. We played well, the performance of the team was great and I know you want to ask me; 'But oh yeah, with Jose...' "Man United teams always do".

Irish bookies Paddy Power took the pragmatic view, suggesting now would be the ideal time for Solskjaer to leave United, considering the fact that it can't possibly get any better than this.

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Martial's goal to make it 3-1 summed up this new vibrant Manchester United.

"I arrived on Wednesday night and only had Thursday and Friday with the players.

They are a great bunch of players and their quality is unbelievable", Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"I thought we started well, even at 2-1 down I thought we had a chance but it's not a penalty is it, dear me".

Football fans are by their nature a fairly gloomy bunch; the curse of the supporter is to spend much of one's life watching a team who fails to win trophies.

"I don't think he has stopped smiling", Young added.

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