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Manchester United to face first real test under Solskjaer versus Tottenham

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won five out of five matches in all competitions since taking over the club’s hot seat. The honeymoon could be about to end, however. Manchester United will travel to London on Sunday to play Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch top six match.

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Solskjaer to face reality

The Red Devils’ hierarchy timed Jose Mourinho’s sacking and Solskjaer’s hiring at preciously the right time. Since taking over, Manchester United have been rampant beating Cardiff City, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, and Newcastle United by a combined score of 13-3.

Despite the great start, it must be noted that after 21 games, none of Solskjaer’s first four opponents are currently above 12th place in the table.

Solskjaer has got his feet wet but Sunday’s showdown in the capital will be his first real test.

How will Man United play against Spurs?

With a week until kickoff against Tottenham, Manchester United have flown to Dubai to train. The caretaker manager has had little time on the training pitch with his new players.

Due to the pile up of fixtures, Solskjaer hasn’t been able to work on tactics as he would have liked. The club’s warm weather training camp in the United Arab Emirates now gives him that chance.

Solskjaer outlined that the team’s trip to Dubai is not a holiday prior to the team’s FA Cup win over Reading. Rather the trip is a time to work on fitness and get up to speed for the team’s upcoming fixtures.

According to Manchester United coach Mike Phelan, the Red Devils will continue playing the same style of football that has seen them win five straight games when they clash with Spurs.

Manchester United are currently six points off of the top four. Manchester United follow up their Tottenham fixture with matches against Brighton and Burnley in the Premier League to finish out December.

According to leading sportsbooks, Solskjaer is currently the second favourite to land the Manchester United job permanently. Leading bookies have installed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as the current odds leader.