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Solskjaer preparing United for next season regardless of his future

Solskjaer preparing United for next season regardless of his future

United have tonight discovered that they will face holders Chelsea in what promises to be an enthralling repeat of last season's showpiece spectacle, which ended 1-0 to the Blues, as Antonio Conte had the last laugh over nemesis Jose Mourinho.

"He is a player that you could see playing quite a few games for us towards the end of the season".

Finishing in the top four would represent a remarkable achievement for Solskjaer after a miserable start to the season under Jose Mourinho, but the caretaker boss insists he will not throw away the chance to lift a trophy with the Champions League and FA Cup still up for grabs. It's an outcome that has happened in United's last four home league games - three of which were under Solskjær. I think possibly that is what he has done; he has just given a different feel to the group in his own way. We are still in the FA Cup and we are going to try to win it'.

"What Manchester United are going to look like next season with or without me, it doesn't matter, I'm here to prepare for next season", Solskjaer said.

United are essentially seeking someone to fill the boots of Sir Alex Ferguson, who performed most of the tasks associated with this kind of role during his trophy laden stint with the club.

The 23-year-old made his Brazil debut in September but has only made nine club appearances in all competitions, but Solskjaer has no intention to allow him to leave temporarily as he rates the midfielder highly.

And Solskjaer says he and Marcus Rashford have been good influences on the likes of Mason Greenwood and Chong as they look to make the step up to the first team. He also featured for 90 minutes in United's 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford last season. The feelgood factor is getting better. Through the first 23 league matches, Solskjaer's men sit in sixth place with 33 points, although they sit below Arsenal exclusively due to goal differential.

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Arsenal's reported interest in Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could lead to a deal between the two clubs during the January transfer window.

Solskjær reiterated that he now does not think any players will leave in the transfer window.

"The only thing you might say, does it create a more settled environment?"

He added: "Solskjaer has just started his story here".

"I said to him I'd give him the ball as long as he ran inside if I couldn't shoot".

Solskjaer wants the job, he really does have the ideal chance to prove himself.


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