Solskjaer’s Tough Tottenham Test




In front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday afternoon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces his toughest test, as his Manchester United side take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.


The Norwegian, much like a supply teacher who lets the pupils watch films all-day, is popular amongst the players and this has shown in the results (and the fact that Paul Pogba is dabbing again).


The Red Devils have won all five games of the Solskjaer era and the Alex Ferguson way of old seems to be back, free-flowing attacking football is the order of the day and has resulted in 16 goals since the former striker took over the reins from Jose Mourinho.


However, the five wins have come against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading, all games you’d have expected Mourinho’s United to win.


Spurs will be a different challenge altogether, they are fresh off of the back of a hard-fought victory against Chelsea in the first leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.


In the reverse fixture, Pochettino’s men dispatched of their weekend opponents 3-0 at Old Trafford and let’s not forget they still feel they are in the title race, alongside Liverpool and Manchester City.


A win against Manchester United will show that the North London side’s challenge for the top spot should be taken seriously.


The decision Solskjaer has to make is whether he is going to stick to his ethos of attack is the best form of defence, or is he going to show the world he does have the tactical knowledge needed to put Harry Kane and co to the sword.


No-one can argue that the former treble winner wasn’t a great striker, but after admitting he wants the job full-time he needs to prove he can lead his team to victories in the biggest of games.


The likes of Cardiff and Huddersfield are not at the level of Tottenham, a victory here would only strengthen his case for a permanent contract.


Nevertheless, the game is a much watch for not just Spurs and United fans, but for the neutral as well.


Ole deserves huge credit because he has made Manchester United a team you want to watch again.


Under Jose, nobody wanted to watch the anti-football style he was forcing his players to dump out, it’s not very often fans of other clubs want your manager to leave because he’s stinking up the place every week.


Make sure you are in front of the TV with Sky Sport on come 4.30pm Sunday afternoon, you do not want to miss this game.


Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United.



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Scott Francis
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