Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start as Manchester United interim manager with a 5-1 win over former club Cardiff City.
The Reds put on a show containing free-flowing football of attacking ilk. In fact, United attacked so much you could say they defended from the opposition’s half.
Huddersfield come to Old Trafford as one of the worst teams in the Premier League. Managed by David Wagner, The Terriers are positioned 19th, level on points with bottom placed Fulham. Tactically they offer little and it should be another walk in the park for Solskjaer’s men.
Perhaps Ed Woodward and the board considered the first run of games when dismissing José Mourinho and planning a new chapter with someone temporarily to get whoever that would be off to a positive start. Solskjaer got the response any manager in his position wanted from the players last weekend.
Relegation strugglers Huddersfield know facing this United side under Solskjaer will be an almighty test. The Reds have no reason to fear Wagner’s men and should attack from the start, like they did against Cardiff.
Though, it must be said that Solskjaer is not under pressure to deliver results. His job is merely to unify the United dressing room and that’s no free pass. The dressing room is full of egos and lacks a true leader.
Moreover, we shouldn’t expect Solskjaer to play all-out attacking football every week. He must have more in the tank to play a safer game against stronger opposition. If he can flex his muscles tactically, who knows, United fans could be looking at the next full-time manager?
But it’s too early for that. It will take something special from Solskjaer to find himself in that position.
However, stranger things have happened and everyone’s focus should be on the next game. Take each match as it comes and enjoy the ride.
It’s worth noting that the two sides have faced each other twice in Premier League history, each team winning once last season after The Terriers shocked United with a 2-1 home win. We won the reverse fixture 2-0.
Alexis Sanchez won’t be available until the New Year, while Romelu Lukaku is likely to be ruled out again (reason remains unknown, though the Evening Standard suggests the Belgian is out on compassionate leave.
Chris Smalling pulled out of the Liverpool defeat two weeks ago after injuring his foot in the warm-up. He should be closer to a return now.
Bet Of The Match – Oddschecker
I think we are going to see United start games with a lot more intensity so it is worth looking at the half-time/full-time odds. You can get odds on Solskjaer’s men to be winning at half-time and full-time priced at 7/10 via Ladbrokes.
Jesse Lingard was excellent against Cardiff City, netting a brace for his efforts, and having worked under Solskjaer previously should be an influential regular in the line-up between now and the end of the season. 7/4 is a good price for Lingard to score anytime against Huddersfield via Sky Bet, and that is our bet of the match.
Solskjaer’s first game back at Old Trafford as United manager. He will get an incredible reception from the faithful and allows his boys to express themselves in front of the home support. The Reds will have too much for Hudderfield and make it two wins from two.
We could also do with a clean sheet but let’s pick up three points first.
Manchester United 3-0 Huddersfield