Solskjaer : United Will Ride On Momentum



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to continue their momentum, as they are keen on breaking into the top four.

The caretaker manager is the first United boss to win his first five games in charge of the club, winning four PL games and an FA Cup fixture.

United have closed the gap to the top four to six points, having trailed by 11 points after Mourinho’s sacking. Solskjaer was not keen on setting a target, but is hoping to ride on their momentum.

“I think the players are getting confidence and the feeling is that we have momentum,” he told reporters. “It’s about keeping it up and let’s see where it takes. We’re always good towards the end of the season anyway.

“I’m not going to say top-four is our target because my target is the next game, but my target is also a certain way of playing. That certain way of playing will get us to where we belong in the end. I can’t say ‘if we get top-four it’s a success, if we don’t it’s not a success’. It depends on the performances. You can never ever control the result as a footballer.”

“You never like to lose games but I don’t think you look at it as revenge,” Solskjaer added. “You never do. You’re playing against one of the top teams. Tottenham have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing.

“But we’re at Wembley, we’re playing against one of the top teams, it doesn’t need motivation. It’s not about what’s happened before. It’s this game and these 90 minutes.

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“They’ve performed really well over a few years now and they’ve been towards the top of the league. There will be loads of things we need to look at both as individuals – you’ve got [Harry] Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, [Christian] Eriksen one of the best playmakers, you’ve got [Heung-Min] Son, [Dele] Alli – and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.

“But, as I said, we don’t go to Dubai and just prepare for Tottenham. We have to prepare for the rest of the season and it’s how we fare against Paris Saint-Germain, how we fare against Liverpool, because they are the top teams of Europe now.”