Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces his biggest test as Manchester United’s interim boss so far this weekend.
After five successive wins, Solskjaer is looking to keep United’s run going when we face travel to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. It will be a tough game against an in-form team.
The pre-match news agenda will be dominated by Solskjaer going up against Mauricio Pochettino.
The Tottenham manager is among the bookies favourites to land the United job permanently in the summer.
The only thing you must not believe, is that the result of this game will decide who gets the United job.
Decision in May
United do not have to make a snap decision and are taking their time.
Solskjaer’s early success at Old Trafford has seen him earn the right to be considered for the job on a permanent basis.
The way he is getting the best out of players like Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku is a positive sign and counts in his favour.
United won’t discard that simply if Pochettino’s Tottenham beat United this weekend.
What happens to Solskjaer won’t be decided on Sunday.
Instead it will be decided by a far bigger sample size: What happens between now and the end of May.
Don’t get suckered into the pre-match hype surrounding the managers which will build over the coming days. Or in the post-match hysteria and knee-jerk reaction which follows the result.
If Solskjaer deserves the job, he will do so with the team’s performances over the coming months.
Should United choose to go in a different direction, then Pochettino is just one of several names who will be considered, but prying him from Spurs will not be easy.
This game is just part of the ride. Enjoy it.