It has been a crazy week in the Premier League and it is not often that can be said during an international break.
A decision made by Tottenham to fire Mauricio Pochettino and hire Jose Mourinho was akin to an earthquake with tremors still being felt around the rest of the league.
It means for once, Manchester United are not the main story.
Jose Mourinho is a magnet for attention and where he goes, the headlines and cameras follow. And this means less for United.
That should suit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is busy trying to maintain a strong run of form which has lifted United into seventh after previously struggling in the bottom half of the table.
Keep off the back pages
At present United are not in title contention, and face an uphill struggle for the top four. A win away at Sheffield United will bring Solskjaer some overdue praise, but not that much.
A defeat on the other hand, will put Solskjaer’s face on the back pages of the papers again for the wrong reasons.
The media is now waiting for a United slip up, before the Pochettino to Old Trafford talk goes into overdrive.
Solskjaer needs United to keep winning, and to build up a stronger case to stay in charge long term. Pochettino’s availability has raised the stakes.
A win is needed this weekend more than ever, and it will be tough, with Sheffield United losing only once at home all season.
Defeat will see the pressure begin to crank up ahead of a home game against Villa and then the match at Old Trafford to Mourinho’s Tottenham.
This is an unusual situation for United to be out of the media spotlight, but for now, it is better it stays this way, and a win will continue that.
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