Manchester United’s visit to Wembley this weekend has been dubbed the first real test of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as caretaker boss.
The Red Devils are five for five so far under the Norwegian, with a scoreless first hour against Newcastle being their only real challenge thus far.
The names of Cardiff, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Reading pale into comparison with that of Spurs, but speaking ahead of the encounter, Solskjaer was adamant that this game was no different.
“No – we’ve had tests,” he stated to the press. “Newcastle away is also a test. The first game and how everyone reacted away to Cardiff is also a test. The first home game – how would the crowd affect it? That’s also a test.
“You get tested in every single game in the Premier League, no doubt about it. But of course, this is against a top, top side and, of course, if we want to get closer to them and get past them, we need a good performance and a good result.”
He is however aware of the threat that Spurs possess, but maintains that United will still play in their newfound attacking fashion.
“I’ve been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams”, he continued. “I think that’s our strength as well, going forward and attacking, as a team when you look at us now the way we’ve played.
“We’re not going to get as many chances to attack against these [Spurs] as we’ve had before, so we’ve got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball and play well with it to make sure we use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent-sized pitch as well.”
Solskjaer’s bright start and club history has already led to calls for him to get the managerial job on a permanent basis, with Mauricio Pochettino currently the favourite. He did acknowledge the hype when pressed on the matter.
“The speculation is there for a reason, because he’s [Pochettino] done well. But it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”