Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he has “more or less” picked his team for the FA Cup tie with Chelsea later this month.
Appointed as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal back in December after a dreadful run of results, the Red Devils are back to their best after winning nine of their last 10 games in all competitions.
Now two points behind Maurizio Sarri’s side in the race for fourth, United face Fulham, Liverpool and Crystal Palace in the league later this month, with PSG in the Champions League and Chelsea in the FA Cup also on the agenda.
Speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, Solskjaer, who is now the odds-on favourite to become the permanent boss at Old Trafford, has revealed he plans far in advance like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do during his time at the club.
“You have got to have different ways of winning games and with our squad you can pick players who suit this team and that team,” he said.
“I knew the gaffer was like that. I have always been like this myself back home in Molde.
“It was different at Cardiff because you had to take one game at a time and try to claw a point here or there.
“But now you do plan ahead and I think I have got my team quite ready for the full month.
“Depending on form as well, I think I have more or less picked my team.”
So, who could start at Stamford Bridge on Monday, February 18?
Well, Solskjaer started a very strong team in the previous round at Arsenal.
Although there was no David De Gea for the game at the Emirates with Sergio Romero instead starting in goal, the caretaker boss opted for Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw in defence.
Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba completed the midfield, with a front three of Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku causing all sorts of problems for the Gunners.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who both came on in the 3-1 victory, could also be options to start for the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge as both sides eye a place in the final eight of the competition.