Solskjaer: United fans are the best in the world
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previewed what promises to be an emotionally charged atmosphere when Manchester United welcome Huddersfield Town to Old Trafford on Boxing Day (15:00 GMT kick-off).
The legendary striker got his caretaker managerial stint off to a fabulous start with the 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend and cannot wait to walk out in front of the home crowd on Wednesday.
With United hoping to make up ground on the top four during a hectic schedule, there should be a buoyant mood for the visit of the Terriers.
MANAGING UNITED AT OLD TRAFFORD
“Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I'm there to do a job, I've got to be focused. It's not easy, I don't think it will be easy but I'm looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That's the key. We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.
”You can never set the bar too high. They [the players] are setting the standards. The players that play for this club, they've got high standards to live up to and, Saturday, it was not like they've outperformed themselves because you cannot outperform yourself. We want to look at this game, evaluate and look at a few clips. We can be better, we can understand each other better, so it will be good.
THE RED ARMY
“They're the best fans in the world. Obviously, I've got my history at the club and to see that banner ('20 Legend') is special. I just hope, in the next five months, I'll do a good enough job for them to keep saying my name when someone else gets in there.
”When you sign for Man United, you know you're going to play in front of the best fans in the world. But you know confidence is not something you just go into the fridge and pick. You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel and hopefully this [win at Cardiff] gave them a boost so I think they're all looking forward to Boxing Day, to be honest.
DEALING WITH PUNDITS
“Don't worry, Gary [Neville] will be really hard on me! I've sat next to him in the dressing room for 11 years. He was next to me. You know Gary and he's paid now to give his opinion and of course he should do. I'm no different to anyone else, I'm no different to any other manager, when you lead that team out onto that pitch, because it comes with a responsibility. I don't play for them. My job is to get the players enjoying themselves. I've had texts from all my old team-mates wishing me all the best and giving me good advice, sound advice, all of them. They'll probably criticise me as well, don't worry about that!”
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!
“The players have not said anything about a handbrake [being on]. But we spoke in a team meeting before the Cardiff game about when we get one goal, we want to get two. When you get two, you want to get three. That's just the nature of this team, this club, that you always go and attack.
”It's not going to happen in every game that you create chances like we did on Saturday. You've got to grind it out but it worked and with the blistering pace that we've got up front, they [Cardiff] had to chase the game. I don't think any team would like to have [Jesse] Lingard, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial and [Paul] Pogba running at them, so why should we stop?
“I've spoken to Sir Alex [Ferguson] and hopefully I'll go to his or he'll come to me and we'll have a cup of tea. He's the boss and if there's anyone who can give me proper advice - not my team-mates! - that's him.
”The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United. That's tradition, that's history and that's how we play. That's how we want to play so Cardiff was a good reflection of what we want.
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