Solskjaer on his team: The Manchester United manager has made a huge statement on his team for February.
Manchester United have been in fine form ever since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The side is yet to lose a game since his arrival and has scored 22 of the maximum 24 points in the league.
The side awaits a tough series of fixtures in February, however. United will take on PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal in consecutive games in this month.
United climbed to the fifth position in the league last weekend when they defeated Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
The team selection will be one of the major things to look out for, but Solskjaer has now made a strong statement on the same.
Solskjaer on his team:
Talking to United-Supporteren, a Scandinavian supporters’ club of Manchester United, Solskjaer stated that he has already picked his team for the crucial fixtures this month.
“I knew the gaffer [Sir Alex] was like that,” Solskjaer said.
“have always been like this back home in Molde. ‘You plan ahead and I have got my team quite ready for the full month. Depending on form as well, I think I have more or less picked my team.”
“Whether it is back home with my daughter’s team or with United, I just love working with footballers who want to improve.”
Ole’s loving life at #MUFC! ❤️
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 5, 2019
Solskjaer laid down three important aspects of winning the games and believes that his squad for the upcoming fixtures can fulfil them efficiently.
“You have got to have different ways of winning games and with our squad you can pick players who suit this team and that team.
“Goals are scored by counterattacks, set plays and breaking teams down when they drop deep, so you need to have those three aspects.”
So what could the team be?
While Solskjaer has used various players at different positions in his limited time at the club, the first-choice players don’t have much of a competition for their places.
In the midfield, the interim manager has used the likes of Andreas Pereira and Fred. Both, however, have failed to step up when opportunity knocked at their doors.
While the midfield three of Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic is expected to remain untouched, a front-three of Rashford, Lingard and Martial looks the most stabilised combination.
ON THIS DAY: In 1999, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first player in Premier League history to score four goals as a substitute during Manchester United’s 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest.
He just loves making history. 📜 pic.twitter.com/shov1X7z5v
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 6, 2019
There might have been some head-scratching among the coaching staff while picking players for the central defence. Eric Bailly’s performances have been positive off-late, but his rough game could be trouble for the cup matches against PSG and Chelsea.
Ashley Young has the manager’s trust and so Dalot might have to wait.
This is what we think the starting XI could ideally be: