Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has at time been mocked and ridiculed this season. And some United fans have been part of that.
A strong recent run has seen Solskjaer get some of the respect he deserves for the job he is doing at Old Trafford.
A win over City at the weekend means he has done a league double over esteemed rival Pep Guardiola this season. He’s actually won three matches against him in total.
Solskjaer also has a league double over Chelsea rival Frank Lampard, again beating him three times in total including cup competitions.
Now the United boss is going for a league double over Jose Mourinho this weekend against Tottenham.
A victory will mean Solskjaer has done the double over rivals Guardiola, Lampard and Mourinho this season, a treble of his own.
Racking up the wins
While Solskjaer has a reputation of a managerial rookie, he is building an impressive case for himself.
Up until the start of this month, he was the only manager to take points off Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Solskjaer has also beaten Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester in his one and only attempt.
Not to mention defeating PSG’s highly rated boss Thomas Tuchel over two legs against PSG last season.
Solskjaer is claiming high profile scalps and adding to his reputation with each one.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will be fighting against a rising red tide this weekend as United head to North London in excellent form.
Sure, Solskjaer has had his problems this season against some of the smaller sides, but his reputation is enhanced by big name victories.
If he can add a league double over Jose Mourinho this weekend, Solskjaer’s managerial credibility will rise even further.
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