3 questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of facing Everton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on a roll beating Tottenham and Manchester City 2-1, and now a 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.

The wins have generated momentum around the club which the Norwegian needs to harness going into the festive period.

Sunday’s match with Everton is the second of three consecutive home matches for United, across three different competitions.

We’ve picked out three questions Solskjaer has to answer to get United another league win.

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Has he got the formula to break teams down?

United paradoxically find it easier to score goals against the bigger clubs, because they offer space in behind in which to counter attack.

But Solskjaer hasn’t yet come up with a regular formula to get goals and wins in games where United dominate the ball.

Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson will be under no pressure to take the game to United on Sunday, putting all the onus on Solskjaer to come up with a way of breaking Everton down.

That’s the biggest question mark against United right now, and Solskjaer needs to find an answer against Everton.

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Can Solskjaer quell new manager bounce?

Ferguson brought about real improvement at Everton against Chelsea last weekend, overseeing a 3-1 win.

He went back to basics with a 4-4-2, getting passion back into the team and it worked partially because the Blues were unprepared for it.

It’s the classic new manager bounce and Solskjaer has to be ready for that, without much in the way of prior evidence of Ferguson’s tactical preferences or acumen.

This is a very different Everton side than the one United would have faced if Marco Silva was still in charge.

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How do you stop Richarlison?

Richarlison has four goals in his past five matches, three of which have come away from home.

He also netted when the Toffees thrashed United 4-0 at Goodison Park in April, the nadir of Solskjaer’s reign.

Perhaps Solskjaer will be out to avenge that defeat and prove how far his side have come since then.

And a large part of that will depend on stopping the red-hot Brazilian, who is rapid, versatile and developing into a real aerial threat too.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.