When the atmosphere around the Old Trafford was anything but merry a week before Christmas, there was the baby-faced assassin still smiling and planning to get his name in the history books in the weeks to come.
There was an apparent air of gloom and hopelessness all around the Old Trafford with the United team stranded at a paltry 6th position, 11 points bereft of a top 4 spot.
45 days later, after gaining 22 points in last 8 games, United appear to be one of the front-runners to gain a spot for the Champions League just 2 points away from the top 4.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to make a strong case for himself for the permanent managerial role as the Red Devils won their 9th game in 10 games under him which also means that he has been on the winning side in all the 5 away games across all competitions.
Once the game went underway at the King Power Stadium, United looked proactive with attacks coming from either side and supported well by Lindelof from the back. They were constantly putting the Leicester defence under pressure who were always playing catch-up.
The fruits were reaped in the form of a brilliant finish by Marcus Rashford with just 9 minutes on the clock. Rashford converted an extraordinary scooped assist by Paul Pogba to give United an early lead in the game.
An ecstatic Solskjaer talked to the press early as he took a private jet to France to watch Lyon host PSG, who will face the Red Devils at the Old Trafford next Tuesday. This will be the first of the Champions League doubleheaders.
Apparently, Solskjaer left the stadium 20 minutes before the final whistle, ending the press conference 10 minutes after the full time and then boarded the flight to France. The Caretaker Manager seems to leave no stone unturned to find success at his former club.
Talking to the press about his experience at the club, He said,
“I’ve got to say it’s enjoyable working with them, they’re a group that wants to improve and want to be better.”
On his side’s attitude on-field against Leicester, he was quoted as saying,
“Our attitude was spot on. There are a couple of bruised noses and knees.”
“I don’t think we can be too happy with the performance and that’s a good thing, we know we’ve got plenty of things to work on and I think we’ll see that progression in the next few weeks because it’s going be a tough and enjoyable February.” The Norwegian added.
Although he has tasted much success at the helm already, he still remains grounded and looks to make amends constantly for the side to be at their best at all times.
“It is supposed to be like this, there are three points on the line. Our lads sacrificed everything they had. Now we’ve got a chance to climb the table, which is important, and put the pressure on the top four positions.” Solskjaer’s take on his future assignments.
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The rich vein of form that United are enjoying may well end in coming weeks as tougher assignments await, probably the toughest of the season. The fans remain on the edge of their seats as some action-packed football weeks are to be bestowed upon them.