Well, folks, the big one is here. Manchester United have won five from five under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the Norwegian’s toughest test takes place this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur, away at Wembley, is a notoriously difficult fixture. Now we’re really going to see whether Solskjaer is the right fit for the job on a permanent basis…
Kick-off: 13th January, 16:30 BST.
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Mike Dean
TV Channel: Sky Sports
While it’s true that United have closed the gap on the top four, there is still a fair way to go. Now is the time for the Red Devils to keep the peddle to the metal and really push on. Confidence is high, the players are enjoying themselves again, but that won’t last.
There will come a time this season where struggles happen, and I think it’ll be down to what happens after their first defeat. If they can scoop all three points this weekend, though, what a statement of intent that’d be.
Solskjaer cannot really have any complaints. Paul Pogba is back and ready to play and it looks as though Alexis Sanchez has recovered from the injury he picked up against Reading.
The only blow is the fact that Marcos Rojo isn’t fit, in fact, he’s not even in Manchester right now; having been sent home to Argentina while he recovers…
If you fancy a United away win, you can get excellent odds of 12/5. Bet on United to pick up all three points with 138.com here.
With the Red Devils struggling defensively, the BTTS market seems a no-brainer at 8/15. Bet on Both Teams to score with 138.com here.
Marcus Rashford has been electric under Solskjaer, I expect that to continue. Bet on Rashford to score anytime at 15/8 with 138.com here.
Prediction: Spurs 1-2 Manchester United.
I’m going with my heart and not my head, and I’ve got no shame in admitting it. United to win, with the goals coming from Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Come on you Reds!