Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back was against the wall during the last international break following the 6-1 thumping by Tottenham.
In two away matches since, he has overseen two wins, with an aggregate score of 6-2.
A patient, classy 4-1 win at Newcastle was followed up by a famous 2-1 victory in Paris on Tuesday night, which has lifted the mood around the club.
It doesn’t get any easier in the matches to come for Solskjaer, with Chelsea next on the horizon on Saturday.
United beat the Blues three times last season, but lost out the last time the sides met in the FA Cup semi-final in July.
With that in mind, we’ve got three questions facing Solskjaer ahead of the clash with Frank Lampard’s side.
Stick with 3-5-2?
Solskjaer switched to a 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for the two away victories against Chelsea last term, which convinced him to try it at Wembley.
That didn’t work at all, removing the sting from United’s attack on an afternoon dominated by Chelsea’s front players.
The Norwegian earned that win over PSG with a three-man backline, and he must decide whether to stick to it.
In some ways, Chelsea are similar to PSG. Their attacking options are outstanding but their defence is shaky.
Solskjaer may feel the best way to deal with that challenge is to stick with the 3-5-2, and that tactical decision could have a major bearing on the match.
Tuanzebe to get the nod again?
Axel Tuanzebe played his first game of 2020 against PSG and was absolutely outstanding.
On the basis of that performance, he deserves to keep his place but there are other considerations for Solskjaer too.
He doesn’t want to overwork Tuanzebe and must see how he reacts to his first game in months.
The decision over Tuanzebe may also be tied into whether Solskjaer goes for the 3-5-2 again, and also whether captain Harry Maguire is back fit again.
That said, it would feel extremely harsh if Tuanzebe was dropped out of the side at the weekend after playing so well in midweek.
Can anyone replicate the Martial role?
Anthony Martial played up front alongside Marcus Rashford in midweek but is still suspended in the Premier League.
If Solskjaer sticks with the 3-5-2, does he have anyone who can lead the line in the same way?
He played Dan James up front against Chelsea in the Premier League 2-0 win – which worked well – and in the 3-1 Wembley loss – which didn’t.
Mason Greenwood, if fit, is another option, but is a different style of player to Martial.
As mentioned, Chelsea have a backline which can be exploited and Solskjaer’s choice of forward line will be crucial to that.
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