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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes Manchester United were flattered by victory

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes Manchester United were flattered by victory

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he is the ideal fit for Manchester United as he stakes his claim to land the manager's job on a permanent basis.

It was enough to make sure United racked up their fifth straight victory since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

The Norwegian has already revealed that he will be involved in talks over any January transfer targets, and The Mirror reports that he will also now help decide the futures of players soon to be out of contract.

Solskjaer has done very well so far, but it is still early days, and moreover United haven't really come up against a good side so far.

Via the Independent, Solskjaer said: "hopefully OK", when questioned on Sanchez's injury.

Chong made it clear how the academy stars are working even harder now that they realise there's a pathway to the first team.

Solksjaer made nine changes from their win over Newcastle United on Wednesday, with only Phil Jones and Juan Mata keeping their places.

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Reading will be without former United defender Tyler Blackett due to suspension while Leandro Bacuna also misses out.

"We see the talent he's got but if he can add that last little bit, he's going to be worth £200m (R3.5 billion) in a couple of years". The Belgian has taken a lot of criticism this season and in the eyes of many it was no coincidence that United impressive recent results coincided with him not starting games, but he now has three goals in three games.

That trio is likely to start on the bench against Tottenham, with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard seemingly Solskjaer's preferred front three.

On Saturday they meet again in the FA Cup, but on opposing sides as O'Shea - now with Reading - returns to Old Trafford for their third round tie.

"We can get fitter and we have to do that through the training sessions here but Dubai is a good chance because now is the first time we get a week of work together", he said.

It was left to fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata to score in the 49th and 59th minutes, with the striker set up both times by crosses from 20-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

There was 125 seconds between Fred's strike and the decision to award a penalty, with Omar Richards adjudged to have fouled Mata in the build-up and the Spaniard stepping up to send goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola the wrong way.


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