Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tips Manchester United for glory in Europe


As mission statements go, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's, issued after beating a Fulham side showing every sign of seasonal capitulation, could not be more pointed.

"I thought we were fantastic for the last 80 minutes", he told reporters.

And Solskjaer agreed the defeat of Claudio Ranieri's side was the ideal warm-up, telling reporters: "I would have to say so because it's a tough place to come and we gave them the first 10 minutes, maybe played into their hands, some counter-attacks, they put the ball into the box a few times but then, after we scored the first goal, we played a fantastic last 80 minutes".

"At the moment I am just concentrating on getting us up the table".

The defender missed the 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday with a minor injury but was fit enough to train at Carrington on Monday morning. Of course, they're all happy after winning the game. "I thought, "Wow what a challenge", he said.

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"He rarely spoke in the dressing room", he added. "I also understood that this versatility is an asset for me, and for the club".

United's run of form has seen them be unbeaten in 11 games in all, with two wins coming in the FA Cup, only failing to beat Burnley but even that game didn't halt their momentum as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in a result that must have felt nearly like a win. It's the whole team, it's all of us together.

While Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain is now the focus of United's attention, the sight of Woodward and Glazer talking Solskjaer's agent Jim Solbakken will fuel rumours that the Norwegian is edging closer to being appointed as the club's next permanent manager.

France star Pogba boosted his tally to eight Premier League goals under United's interim manager, who has now won 10 of his 11 matches in charge in all competitions.

Solskjaer is effectively on loan at Old Trafford from Molde, but the Norwegian club would be delighted to see one of their own land the biggest job in football.