Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Can Break A Colossal 73 Year Record Against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn't have asked for a more splendid start to life in the Manchester United dugout. The interim boss, who replaced Jose Mourinho last month, is on cloud nine after leading the previously out-of-sorts Red Devils to five wins from five matches in charge.
Easy-peasy this manager lark.
Solskjaer opened up with a crushing 5-1 victory at Cardiff, before his rejuvenated troops swatted away the challenges of Huddersfield and Bournemouth, then carded back-to-back 2-0 wins over Newcastle and Reading respectively, with the latter in the FA Cup.
Now, on Sunday in a crunch clash away to Tottenham, Solskjaer has the chance to stamp his name into the club's record books after less than a month at the helm.
No Man Utd manager has ever won their opening six matches in charge. Not Sir Alex Ferguson, nor Mourinho, Ron Atkinson or even Sir Matt Busby, with the latter level with Solskjaer on five wins from his first five fixtures.
But the affable Solskjaer now has history in his sights as he bids to break Busby's long-standing record, which has stood for a staggering 73 years, dating back to 1946!
However, the Norwegian knows that it would take a very impressive performance to dispatch of 3rd-placed Spurs on their own patch, with Mauricio Pochettino's men accumulating 13 wins from their last 17 league games on home soil, although United will take confidence from both their own upturn in form and the fact that Wolves stunned Spurs at Wembley just under a fortnight ago.
As for the potential record up for grabs, Solskjaer has played this down - quotes from football365.com.
“I don’t care – not now.
"I might sit down in 20 years’ time and look at whatever records I have. I never look back. Never ever.
“When I’m in a position, I never look back on what I’m doing that way.
“Yeah, you reflect and you try to improve but you never get complacent and think ‘I’ve done this or that, I’ve done well’.”
Solskjaer will also be wary of how quickly things can change in football. After Busby's five game winning start, which included a 5-0 hammering of Liverpool, he then carved out only one win from his next eight matches, although he would go on to lift five top-flight titles, a couple of FA Cups, the European Cup, and a handful of Charity Shields - not bad, not bad at all!