Ahead of United’s game with Chelsea this weekend, Ole Gunnar faces a familiar foe in Thomas Tuchel and is out for victory against the German.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes on Thomas Tuchel for the third time this season determined to halt the German’s impressive start as Chelsea manager.
The United boss staged a famous Champions League comeback against Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side two years ago and won again in France this season. However, the Red Devils lost the return group game at Old Trafford as United dropped into the Europa League.
The two managers go head-to-head again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Tuchel this time in charge of Chelsea and looking to extend an unbeaten eight-game run.
United have the upper hand over Chelsea in recent Premier League ties and Solskjaer is eager to put an end to Tuchel’s bright start in West London.
“Hopefully we can stop that run, that’s my job now” said Solskjaer as per the club’s website.
“Thomas has come in and it’s changed a little bit at Chelsea. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
“He’s done really well. It’s never easy coming into a season halfway through, he must be pleased as well.”
“You can see the results, the stats, the possession they have had. They keep teams away from their own goal and keep possession.”
Comparisons were made between Chelsea hiring a young ex-player in Lampard and Solskjaer’s appointment at United, but Roman Abramovich chose a different path when he brought in the more experienced Tuchel.
“I can’t really comment on Chelsea’s journey, that’s none of my business to be fair” added Solskjaer.
“Every club will have to run their own journey. We’re on a good path we feel we have improved, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be and that’s higher up the table and winning trophies.”
“The hunger in the group and the mentality in the group is good and that’s the main thing now that we keep on improving and hopefully we can get ready for Sunday now.”