Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be a dead man walking at Manchester United and it would be the ultimate turnaround if he found a way to get himself out of this dire situation.

While impossible to ignore all the media attention surrounding his future, the Norwegian has got to find a way to rally a broken and disharmonious dressing room ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tottenham.

Solskjaer will hope that his players at least have the respect to fight for their manager, and themselves, whilst he is still in charge.

The biggest problem Solskjaer is going to face is naming his starting line-up for the clash against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

With every player bar David de Gea worthy of being dropped, Solskjaer is going to have to make some bold calls.

Comes down to trust

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Solskjaer is going to have to pick a side that he believes and trusts will leave it all out on the pitch for him.

That’ll probably mean that Scott McTominay and Fred are once again his midfield pairing.

There is every chance that Nemanja Matic could come into the side alongside the duo, but with Paul Pogba suspended and Donny van de Beek not getting a look in, Solskjaer has limited options.

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Solskjaer will be hoping that his infamous ‘McFred’ partnership can perform at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium like they did last season.

With United trailing 1-0 at half-time, Solskjaer’s players produced a dominant second-half performance and equalised through a wonderful team goal.


Fred, who started and finished the move, interchanged with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford before playing in Edinson Cavani.

Cavani’s effort was saved by Hugo Lloris, but it fell into the path of Fred, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

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The Uruguayan, who was influential in the turnaround put United ahead before Mason Greenwood wrapped up a 3-1 comeback win in stoppage time.

But it was Fred and McTominay’s dominance in midfield that allowed Solskjaer’s attacking players to go and impose themselves on the match.

Unlike against Liverpool on Sunday, Solskjaer was able to beat Jose Mourinho and avenge the 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign, due to his team being resolute and working hard and smartly out of possession.

Fred and McTominay were key and set the precedent for the rest of their teammates.

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The Brazilian made four tackles, two interceptions and blocked one shot. Whereas his midfield partner made the same amount of tackles, one interception and three clearances.

United’s number 17 also had the most touches in the match (96) and completed the most passes (60) according to SofaScore.

When Solskjaer has needed a big result in the past, McTominay and Fred have been his go-to-men.

And with clashes against Atalanta and Manchester City to follow Saturday’s trip to the capital, the Manchester United manager needs his trusted pair to be at their very best, to ensure he has a fighting chance of still being in charge following the conclusion of the November international break.

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