Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Anthony Martial missed Huddersfield for this reason

27 December, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Courtney Perry
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Manchester United return to Old Trafford for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's management against Huddersfield on Boxing Day with a new-found swagger after scoring five goals in the Premier League for the first time in five years. "If it is food poisoning or if it is something else, I don't know", Solskjaer said.

Nemanja Matic had one of his better outings of the ongoing campaign last time out and that should earn him another start at the base of the midfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs were among the star names in attendance and almost saw Huddersfield land the first blow as United's shaky backline was unsteadied by a long throw as Terence Kongolo fired over.

Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town beaten, with Bournemouth and Newcastle United next up.

Manchester United fans and players may have been forgiven for not possessing much of an appetite with Christmas approaching - but both now head into the remainder of 2018 with a ravenous attitude.

He reported, "They [players] have not said anything to me about any handbrake (under Mourinho). The next three games excite us, so now we recover and try for the next one".


The caretaker boss had said that the players would play the United way meaning they would attack more and take more risks up front.

More significantly, the win and performance also maintained the positive atmosphere generated by the arrival of the popular Norwegian, who spent almost 15 years with the club as player and coach before moving to his current club Molde.

Paul Pogba scored twice and Matic bagged the other as United romped past the Terriers. He did not need to say much more, but that is not to suggest that Solskjaer will just let his players flood forward and do what they want.

"A Man United team should never ever be outworked", said Solskjaer to highlight the minimum he expects. You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. They are the best fans in the world.

"When you've got players like this with the quality you are always going to create chances".

The reality of another relegation battle may have rubbed some of the shine off being in the Premier League but Wagner still wants players and fans to savour the occasion. "Of course, I have my history at the club and to see that banner is special".

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