Having been catapulted as the caretaker manager for the rest of the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got to the dream start on Saturday against Cardiff. With a performance that the United fans have been crying out for. Recent games filled with the chants of “ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK”.
Free flowing, expressive attacking football. The Norwegian hasn’t hidden away from the fact, he can no longer wait to lead Manchester United out on Boxing Day against Huddersfield Town.
In the Norwegian’s first game in charge against his former club Cardiff on Saturday, United looked like United. The stark difference between the performance against Cardiff to Southampton for one was clear for all to see. United ran riot in the Welsh capital scoring five goals in a Premier League game, for the first time since May 2013. Which happened to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge against West Brom.
Solskjaer’s United had players interchanging positions, playing short, quick & expressive football with Rashford, Lingard, Martial & Pogba being too much for Cardiff to handle. Anthony Martial’s goal captured the free-flowing football that was more likened to the Manchester United of old. The football that saw the club dominate domestic football throughout Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
“It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy, but I’m looking forward to it and I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key, we should be looking forward to playing there.” Solskjaer said.
Solskjaer attempting to become the fifth manager in United’s history to start his reign with back to back league wins. United who dangle sixth-placed in the league, have only managed to secure just five wins in twelve matches at Old Trafford in all games this season. In a disappointing and frustrating season, the pressure at times has left the United players clutching at straws.
Solskjaer who spent eleven years at the club, knows very well about the pressure of playing at the highest level and the countries most successful club. Eleven successful years at the club, with its peak being that moment in the Nou Camp in 1999. The goal that sealed the treble for the Red Devils, a touch that would leave Solskjaer in United folklore.
“That comes when you sign for Man United,” Solskjaer said. “Confidence is not something you store into the fridge and pick out.
“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel.”
For “the best fans in the world,” Solskjaer has one big wish: “I just hope in the next five months I’ll do a good enough job for them to keep singing my name.
After some United fans got an early Christmas present with the dismal of Jose Mourinho. All United fans will be wishing for a similar performance and result at home on Boxing Day to Huddersfield.