Ole Gunnar Solskjær expects flak from former Manchester United players


The 1999 treble victor was in charge of his first match in the Red Devils' 5-1 spanking of his former side Cardiff City.

The French forward scored the goal of the game in Man United's 5-1 win in Wales.

And now, the United fairytale has continued with Solskjaer making a heroic return to his favourite club as interim manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week. They have shown exactly what they showed in the second half of the game - win, lose or draw we have to make sure that we play in our way, in our style, but we do our job.

That late goal, and the Terriers' time on top, underlined the work still required at United, but the fans' appreciation was as audible as it was understandable after flashes of excitement at a ground where there has been precious little.

The two players offer different qualities so Ole would be wise to use them when he sees fit according to the occasion and opponent.

But with Romelu Lukaku away on "compassionate leave" it is down to Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba to deliver the goals and attacking impetus for Solskjaer. "I've got to be focused".

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"They're the best fans in the world", he told Sky Sports before the match.

"We prepared right", Giggs later said after a 1-0 loss.

While few would grumble if that hackneyed epithet were also to be retired in time for Christmas, Manchester United managers are among those expected to play along with the hype.

The question now is where Mourinho fits in to the United pantheon, in the history of a club that has its own Sir Alex Ferguson, not to mention Sir Matt Busby.

Just in cause you doubt us, take a look at this story from Liverpool-supporting journalist JJ Devaney from 2013, it's really quite something. "The next three games excite us, so now we recover and try for the next one".

"It was a good performance from my side and we feel we can get more points in the second half of the season than we did in the first". A platter of Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle should provide the Red Devils with a very appetising smorgasbord to feast on - not to mention a kind-looking third round FA Cup tie against struggling Championship outfit Reading before a trip to Tottenham on January 13.