Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's put the Busby buzz back into Manchester United

Sherman Parsons
January 5, 2019

While the interim manager also suggested Paul Pogba might not be fit for Saturday's FA Cup third round tie with Reading Solskjaer indicated that if any players are recruited in January this will be a product of a longterm strategy.

He added: "I am sure they have targets". They are good players on the pitch, they have performed in the last three games - it is a very good team. I think as soon as we lose the ball he is ready to defend, ready to help the team. It was about seeing what you can do to go back to the way we used to play, the way Man United are supposed to play, exciting football.

Today's game appears a hiding to nothing, and yet O'Shea, now 37, is determined to make the most of what will nearly certainly be his last visit to his old home as a player.

The Manchester United manager has reignited the Paul Pogba conversation/hyperbole, by claiming the player could miss their FA Cup match this weekend.

"I do not know what happened, I just respect him and he has been very important to Portuguese coaches".

'The way the game was going, some fans were a bit upset and did not want to be there.

Then Rashford himself doubled the lead after a fine counter-attack involving Lukaku and the returning Alexis Sanchez, ensuring that sixth-placed United have now scored 14 goals in four games in their flawless start under Solskjkaer. "We will have to be careful with their strong points or we are dead before we start the game".

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That gap may be too big to close, but Benitez, who will send his side into battle with Solskjaer's men at St James' Park on Wednesday evening, is confident they can still cause problems for the main title contenders.

"It's such a great bunch of players, a fantastic atmosphere, but it's "the next game, it's the next game, it's the next game" and I'm doing my job as long as I'm here," he said.

Rashford said: "Hard work was the key, we had to persist throughout the game".

"The more you are here, the more you enjoy it".

Liverpool manager Adam Lallana is set to dump the Merseyside club this month after failing to get much game-time this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007.

This team could look vulnerable on the counter-attack tomorrow especially with the two in midfield, however, if the front four are firing then an early goal could ensure Reading are in for a hiding.

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