Man Utd: Solskjaer previews Wolves clash
Manchester United are a team on the up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have overcome a difficult start to the campaign to emerge as genuine Premier League title challengers to Liverpool, currently sitting five points behind the Reds with a game in hand. And players seemed in good spirits ahead of their match against Wolves on Tuesday.
United started the campaign in poor form, slipping to early defeats against Crystal Palace and Tottenham at Old Trafford.
However, they’ve lost just once in the time since and enter the match against Wolves on a run of six wins from their last eight top flight matches.
It’s been quite a turnaround for Solskjaer who, at one point, appeared destined to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino – who remains available following his departure from Tottenham in 2019.
And, ahead of the Wolves match, United players seemed in good spirits.
Players were hauled in on the 27th, the day after their 2-2 draw with Leicester, but didn’t appear perturbed by having their festive schedule impacted.
Edinson Cavani was seen smiling in the gym, with Solskjaer hinting at a prolonged stay for the Uruguay international amid his impressive form.
Solskjaer said on Monday: “He is still one of the fittest players we have got.
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“At the moment it looks like he has a few years left in him.
“He has made a great influence, a great impact when he has come here. He has a few years left in him.
“We have good competition for places but he will probably start more games than he will not start. He is definitely a starter.
“You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else. I trust him and my players.”
Odion Ighalo, Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah all cut relaxed figures as they worked out on exercise bikes, looking at ease as they were put through their paces.
Donny van de Beek was seen working on his physique, too, with United looking to beef up the Netherlands international following his summer move from Ajax.
Mason Greenwood had a smile on his face as well, despite the England international blowing hot and cold for the Red Devils this term.
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And Ighalo, Alex Telles and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were all seen working on their movement and speed, darting around training players.
In other United training pictures shared by the players on Instagram, the Red Devils were seen training in the snow on Monday.
And they’ll be hoping all this hard work pays off when they take to the field against Wolves at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, in United’s last home game, they beat Leeds 6-2.
And Solskjaer feels that will give his side confidence against Wolves, saying beforehand: “Yeah of course.
“When the last game you played at Old Trafford gave you six goals then I’m sure the boys will look forward to it.
“It gave us confidence that performance and it also gave us a little gage on how fit we are, that we could match them fitness-wise.
“We know we have loads of games in a short space of time, but Wolverhampton have got an even shorter turnaround this time, but they didn’t have a midweek game [last week].”
Solskjaer knows United have had many tight games against Wolves in the past but feels they’re better-prepared than ever before.
“Well, we’ve had so many tight games against them,” added the 47-year-old.
“We are improving definitely, we’re getting better and better at finding different solutions in different games.
“But we know that Wolverhampton have got quality as well and they will give us problems if we’re too open. We’ve got a plan together.”
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