Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by Boxing Day clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by Boxing Day clash

The United midfielder, writing in his weekly blog, said it had been a "different week" at the club following Jose Mourinho's dismissal and thanked his former boss "for the trophies" they won together.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is desperate for the Red Devils to qualify for the Champions League next season and has promised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a lucrative bonus if he delivers them back to Europe's premier competition.

But ahead of what is sure to be a hero's welcome when he leads United for the first time on home turf against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, Solskjaer insists he expects the same treatment.

Solskjaer's stint as caretaker manager got off to a fine start with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City at the weekend - a performance entirely at odds with the increasingly turgid offerings served up by Jose Mourinho during the closing days of his Old Trafford reign. Obviously, I've got my history at the club and to see that banner ('20 Legend') is special.

United still face a huge challenge to make up an eight-point gap just to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish.

"We're not too focused on the other teams' scorelines at the moment". That's the past. I want to thank him for that.

"The attacking philosophy is in the walls of Man United".

"That's the key, we should be looking forward to playing there".

"There are a lot of families in the stands and we hope to add a good game to the party atmosphere".

United played the kind of attacking football that was once synonymous with sides managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, who has reportedly been speaking to Solskjaer behind the scenes.

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