From week to week, from game to game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is once again crossing the path from an undesirable coach to a United hero. The Norwegian strategist has reached both sides of the amplitude countless times since coming to the Premier League giant, and the current week is considered crucial both on the international stage and in the championship.
The Red Devils will visit Leipzig in the 6th round of the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday at 9 pm, in a direct clash for placement in the 1/16 finals, while four days later they will face the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in the 12th round of the Premier League.
The defeat against Paris Saint-Germain influenced United to welcome the last round of the Champions League with nine points, the same as the champions of France and Leipzig, and the English representative welcomes the visit to Germany with a clear goal - to remain undefeated.
A mitigating circumstance for the Premier League is the triumph in the first match with Leipzig(5: 0). "We have a very important match ahead of us. We are playing the last match of the group stage. A victory or a draw leads us among the 16 best teams.
We will do everything to achieve that goal," said Solskjaer. The confidence of the United players after the defeat by Paris Saint-Germain (1: 3) was restored by the victory after the turnaround away to West Ham (3: 1).
With the triumph over the Hammers, the Devils kept pace with the teams from the top, and with a game less they are five points behind the currently best-placed clubs Tottenham and Liverpool with 24 points. "We talked before the start of the season and then I pointed out that self-confidence and faith in ourselves can bring us valuable points.
That was confirmed in the previous period. It's great to know that we don't give up. We have self-confidence. As soon as we saw the group it was clear that The final standings will not be known until the last round. The team has a better character and we are optimistic about the visit to Leipzig "
However, the problem for the Norwegian will be the injuries of strikers Edinson Cavani and Antonio Martial, who ended the duel with West Ham prematurely and will not be on the list of passengers for Germany. "These are minor injuries, but we do not want to take risks with Cavani and Martial," Solskjer said.
With the absence of the Uruguayan and the Frenchman, the options in the very top of the team were reduced to Marcus Rashford and the already forgotten Ighalo.
Attacking duo: Rashford and Ighalo
Rashford has scored three goals in the previous four matches, and the English goal scorer was the hero of the first match between United and Leipzig, in which he signed a convincing victory with three goals (5: 0).
He scored 10 goals in 17 official matches this season and was the scorer in four of the five matches in the Champions League. Ighalo, on the other hand, recorded his first minutes in September against Brighton and since then he didn't play for Manchester United in Premier League.
Apart from the two offensive players, the United strategist will not be able to count on the suspended Fred who earned a red card in the 5th round, but the headaches of the professional staff will be reduced by the fact that De Gea is returning to the stands after a minor injury.
The good news is the recovery of Luke Shaw, so the left-back will be in competition for the team, for the first time after a month and the match with Everton, where he was injured and after which he missed five games. The match between Leipzig and Manchester United is scheduled for today at 9 pm, and at the same time, the second duel of Group X between Paris Saint-Germain and Basaksehir will be played.