Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Manchester United have no intention of going ‘gung-ho’ in Sunday’s Premier League game against Tottenham.
The Reds have scored 16 goals in five games under Solskjaer, winning each of them, but this weekend’s trip to Wembley represents by far Solskjaer’s toughest test since taking over at Old Trafford six days before Christmas.
United have played with plenty of attacking freedom since Jose Mourinho’s axing, with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in particular flourishing without the restrictions put on them by Solskjaer’s predecessor.
However, speaking to Soccer AM on Saturday morning Solskjaer suggested he will be slightly more conservative with his approach against Spurs than he has been so far.
“When you play against a good team you’ve got to defend and earn the right to win a game of football,” Solskjaer said. “We’re not just going to go gung-ho and go naive, but as you say Man United is about attacking football. We’ve got to go there and attack the game.
“We have to win to stand a chance of going past them in the league. We go there to take three points. Walking out at Wembley with a Man United shirt on, I think that brings the best out of quite a few players so hopefully we can see that tomorrow.”
Solskjaer was also asked what the team’s final preparations will be ahead of the the big match.
He explained: “We’ll just go through the last couple of details before the Spurs game and travel down by train [on Saturday evening] and then just rest and have a few meetings with the players and we’re all set for the game.
“It’s going to be a fantastic one I’m sure, two teams who play attacking football.”