Manchester United produced their least impressive performance under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Norwegian offered rare starts to some out-of-favour big names in Saturday`s FA Cup third round win over second-tier Reading.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, handed his first start under Solskjaer, took his chance with United`s second goal just before halftime after Juan Mata`s penalty put the hosts in front.
But with nine changes to the side that beat Newcastle United in midweek, United`s fourth straight Premier League win since Solskjaer replaced sacked Jose Mourinho, it was an unconvincing display against a side second-bottom in the Championship.
"You can`t ask for more than going through but the way we played wasn`t the best," said Solskjaer, who matched Matt Busby`s record of winning his first five matches in charge.
"They controlled it in the first five minutes and we weren`t up to speed. But we made nine changes, and they hadn`t played together as a unit so I made it hard for the boys.
"But we got the goals and managed to get through."
Chilean Alexis Sanchez was also handed a first start under Solskjaer but was forced off in the 64th with a hamstring injury.
"I hope it`s not going to be too bad -- it`s the same hamstring that he`s been having trouble with but we`ll see. Hopefully he`ll be okay for next weekend," Solskjaer said.