Solskjaer hails “professional” performance against Newcastle.

Lukaku scores. (EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Manchester United's “hard work and patience” as second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford helped seal a 2-0 win away to Newcastle.

The Red Devils have sealed four wins on the bounce under the interim manager and registered their first clean sheet which delighted Solskjaer. 

“The performance was really professional. We were very solid to come here against a club like this, with the fans they've got, and I thought it was excellent, how the boys dealt with it — especially in the second half,” the Norwegian said after the win at St. James’ Park as reported.

“In the first half, we kept them at bay for about 15 minutes but then made some mistakes and the crowd got going again. It's always harder for you then. We never hit the heights that we can do, but still, I felt we were in control, kept plugging away.”

On the clean sheet, the 45-year-old said: “We've had a clean sheet in every single game, apart from set-pieces! When you keep a clean sheet you've always got a chance to win a game because we've got quality going forward. To keep one of them is a bonus and it's great.”

Solskjaer also reserved praise for his attacking players.

“I felt it was time to bring Romelu and Alexis on. It was a great hit by Marcus,” he said. “Rom did his job as a striker to be following in on the rebound. If you do that, you’ll get five or six goals [that way] every season. When you see big Rom running towards you as a goalkeeper, I think you're going to move your hands away!”

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