There is no denying that Man United have enjoyed a resurgence of late. A few eyebrows were raised when Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager at United. Cynics are suggesting he hasn’t done enough to prove anything yet but in some quarters people are advocating giving him more of a chance.
The Baby-faced assassin has not faced the sternest of tests but as the old adage goes you can only beat the teams put in front of you and he has done that. What’s more the manner in which his United have gone about their business been exciting. Solskjaer has six wins from six a feat Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t even accomplish and a record comparable with Sir Matt Busby.
In that run, they have managed an impressive seventeen goals. They have been tight at the other end as well, conceding only three. The only team that have proved a challenge has been Spurs though. Detractors may point to the fact that the North London side has been faltering but a perfect start is perfect regardless of opposition.
The personnel hasn’t changed. Ole is still working from the same squad, however, there is a more consistent feel to this United. He is regularly sticking with a midfield three of Pogba, Matic and Herrera and a result the trio are learning to play as a unit. Lingard and Rashford, United’s home-grown talents have become spearheads rather than semi-regulars. United have already begun to look more cohesive as a result and this can only be good for the England national side.
United fans have been buoyed at the manner of the wins and the attitude of the players. Okay, it is fair to sit against spurs, in the second half United defended and on more than one occasion were kept in the game by the world-class De Gea. But United won the game in the first half. They were positive and went to Wembley with purpose. He rode his luck, but tactics can only be gauged by results and Solskjaer got his result on Sunday.
Playing for him
In recent weeks we have seen a new Paul pogba. Much maligned for his inconsistency under Jose now he is regularly chalking up goals and assists. Herrera is another player now enjoying his football. Regularly linked with a move back to Spain against Spurs his chasing and tackling were exemplary. When he plays like that he is a dynamic and positive influence.
Of course, with having such a consistent team there are players who are not getting much football. Lukaku who was a very Jose striker has not played much football. Once the focal point of every United attack, he now appears to be secondary to Rashford. Sanchez has been unlucky with injuries and in theory could fit nicely into this Solskjaer side, however, he still looks a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal. It is doubtful there will be many moves in January, but you have to question how long the duo will be content warming the bench.
Long term solution
Here is the question starting to form on many Man United fans lips, “what if he doesn’t lose”? I mean eventually, he will, but what if Solskjaer does drag this team up and finish in third? Given the mess, he inherited it would be a remarkable achievement. The current United coach is only “on loan” to United but you would have to think that there wouldn’t be a huge amount of compensation paid if they wanted him full-time.
United now have two home league fixtures against Burney and Brighton, both very beatable and sandwiched between them is an FA cup tie against Arsenal. If Solskjaer makes it 9 from 9 then you have to think there will be some interesting conversations for the United board.