Man United play Spurs at Wembley on Sunday and should Ole Gunnar Solksjaer come away with a victory it could give Ed Woodward food for thought over the permanent job. It’s been little more than three weeks since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unveiled as United’s interim manager, but the Norwegian has already left a lasting legacy.
Solskjaer’s man management style has changed the mood inside the dressing room and the club as a whole; the gap between the academy and the first team has been bridged; the fans have re-connected with the team; and the players are playing the way United should.
That is before you even address the results – five victories, 16 goals scored and just three conceded – and United are finally dominating games they are expected to win again after their previous struggles under Jose Mourinho. Now, the real tests await. United play Spurs, Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool in the next month and Solskjaer’s decision to take the team to Dubai for some warm-weather training was very much with those games in mind.
“We need to use this week well to work towards the Tottenham game but also towards Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in February. You just don’t make it for the Tottenham game, we prepare for this one but we also prepare for when we play the bigger and better teams,” Scott McTominay told MUTV.
Solskjaer wants his players to have the legs to continue to play his popular pressing game and the 45-year-old is not about to make any radical changes to his team’s style of play. United have had plenty of possession and played with freedom against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading. While Spurs will certainly pose problems, Solskjaer wants his players to think about how they can hurt Mauricio Pochettino’s side – not the other way around.