When Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace Jose Mourinho, it was seen as a panic move that was nothing more than a stop gap.

The Norwegian has quickly silenced his critics; having unleashed United’s forward power, he has seen them win his first six consecutive matches in charge.

This is a record he shares with the United legend Sir Matt Busby.

United, were not only under-performing in terms or results under Mourinho, but they were also hard to watch.

Gone were the days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s swashbuckling Red Devils side, we were now watching a team grinding out results and not with much success.

The initial fixtures were very kind to Solskjaer, games you would expect United to win with ease, which they duly obliged.

The first big test was Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, against a team that the Red Devils had been soundly beaten by at Old Trafford this season.

Solskjaer’s last adventure as a manager in England ended disastrously, he could not save a desperate Cardiff City from relegation and soon departed.

Since then he has been back in Norway at Molde rebuilding his reputation.

The 45-year-old showed on Sunday that he was it takes to outsmart the best of coaches.

Solskjaer devised a tactical plan to suck Tottenham in and expose the two Spurs centre-halves against the dynamic and pacy Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

His plan worked a treat and on the stroke of half time Rashford got in and fired United into a lead, which they were to keep in a hard-fought 1-0 win.

Whilst one result is not enough reason to give Solskjaer the United job on a permanent basis, it will certainly bring him into the frame.

It was the first time since the halcyon day’s of Sir Alex that United looked like a team that could marry defensive resilience to swift and clinical attacking.

Solskjaer seems to have got the players enjoying their football, playing with a smile and controlling the egos.

The fact that he is steeped in United tradition, having played for the club for 11 years, a career that saw him make 235 appearances scoring 91 goals, including the winner that crowned the treble in 1999 in the Champions League final.

He has a close bond with Ferguson and has believed to have sought advice from him already.

United could do worse than offer Solskjaer the job on a full-time basis, he has shown he is popular with the fans and players and plays a brand of football that is the United Way.


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