Solskjaer prepares for return to Old Trafford as Man United manager
Manchester United fans are eagerly awaiting the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Old Trafford as he prepares to take charge of his first home game as the club’s caretaker manager on Boxing Day.
The Red Devils face struggling Huddersfield on Wednesday after Solskjaer began his five-month stint with an emphatic 5-1 win at Cardiff City last Saturday.
It was the first time United have scored so many goals in a League game since Sir Alex Ferguson retired with a 5-5 draw at West Brom in May 2013, and a clear sign that Solskjaer has lifted spirits around the club already.
During the game in Wales, United fans paid tribute to Solskjaer by unfurling the banner that was used during his player career that reads ’20LEGEND’ – referring to his squad number and the regard in which he is held at the club.
A duplicate of the banner has now been produced and swiftly restored to the Stretford End in time for the Huddersfield game. The Norwegian will most definitely be given a standing ovation as he makes his way out from the tunnel as United look to build on their thumping win last time out.
Excitement levels were evidently high on the eve of the game as hundreds of fans turned out on Christmas Day to watch the team arrive at the Lowry Hotel. Solskjaer appeared to take another step to unite his squad by making them travel to the club’s team hotel together rather than in separate vehicles.
Solskjaer has admitted it will be an emotional experience leading United at Old Trafford where he is revered as a player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final as well as winning six Premier League titles and the FA Cup twice.
‘Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I’m there to do a job, I’ve got to be focused,’ he said in his pre-match press conference.
‘It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy but I’m looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key.
‘We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.’
Solskjaer also promised to be true to the club’s attacking traditions and show opponents no mercy and called on his players to continue to play offensive football against Huddersfield.
The caretaker boss added: ‘The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United.
‘That’s tradition, that’s how we want to play. Cardiff was a reflection of what we want. We spoke about how when we get one goal, we want to get two. When we get two, we want three. That’s the nature of the club.
‘It’s not going to happen every game where we create chances like we did (against Cardiff) but you’ve got to try.
‘With the pace we’ve got up front, I don’t think any team would like [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, Lingard and Pogba running at them.’