Sanchez set for Man United return under Solskjaer

"If you go to China, South America, all the kids follow and choose to play PlayStation as Manchester United".

Given United's recent run, Solskjaer is unlikely to have similar problems; however, he admitted that he has some concern over United's defence.

Atkinson believes the Newcastle star's penchant for rash tackling has stopped him from getting to the next level despite possessing all the attributes of a top midfielder. I don't look at these games and think "we can't win that".

His response showed he might just have the same magic touch as a United manager that he had as a player.

"That was ridiculous and he could have got sent off. I'm sure they've got their targets", said the 45-year-old. "It doesn't matter the manager now, they have good players and that is the main thing".

Given that Rashford was able to play on and leave the pitch under his own steam, a long-term absence is unlikely, but he may be left on the sidelines for a game or two.

"It's such a great bunch of players, fantastic atmosphere". There will be a few changes and they'll get a chance.

Mourinho departed in the wake of defeat at Liverpool and successor Solskjaer has overseen an upturn in fortunes that he thinks Sanchez can benefit from, with United scoring 12 goals in his first three games in caretaker charge. They just need more energy up front.

"You'd be happy with four wins from four - and finally we kept a clean sheet too", said a delighted Solskjaer, who reiterated his desire to turn his temporary appointment into a full-time job. "You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been enormous for us".

NEWCASTLE, Jan 3 ― Ander Herrera said he is not thinking about a top-four finish even after Manchester United racked up a fourth straight win in the Premier League to edge closer to the Champions League qualification spots.

Newcastle are also sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, who face late tests to gauge their potential involvement. Marcus and I and Anthony (Martial) and all the rest are learning a lot from him.

So, on the morning after, as it were, we thought it'd be interesting to ask supporters the question directly: Do you want Solskjaer as permanent manager?

  • Julie Sanders