Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United risk vs Tottenham could pay off – Charlotte Duncker
A Super Sunday billing that’s sure to live up to its name.
There have been some classics over the years and Solskjaer will write himself in to the club’s history books if he manages to secure a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Norwegian insists he is not interested in records and history books, fair enough. But what he definitely is interested in is taking the manager’s job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Latest Manchester United news ahead of Tottenham fixture
The treble winner has made no secret of the fact he wants to be Jose Mourinho‘s permanent replacement and he faces his biggest test to date of his six-month job application process at Wembley.
Not only do Spurs pose the biggest test in terms of opposition Solskjaer has faced so far in his short managerial reign, but there will be a chance to directly compare the 45-year-old with Pochettino – still United’s number one target to come in as manager in the summer.
Solskjaer has promised to stick to his attacking approach when United kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday, a game plan his predecessors diverted away from in previous clashes between the two.
“You always adapt to any opponent, we play one of the best teams in the league, have to be aware of their strengths but we need to attack teams, that’s our strength as well,” Solskjaer said. “Going forward, attacking both as a team and the way we played, we won’t get as many chances to attack against these as we’ve had before so we’ve got to be ready for when we got hold of the ball and play well with it because Wembley is a decent sized pitch.”
A bold approach from the Molde man against the third highest scoring team in the league. United’s attack on their day are good – very good – and they’ve shown that in recent weeks.
But the concern is how United’s attacking approach could leave them open at the back, risking exposing a back line who have shown their fragility.
If Solskjaer pulls off a tactical masterclass at Wembley and leaves with three points then the fairytale suggestion he should be named United’s permanent manager might start to gain some proper susbstance.