The 5 games that may decide whether Solskjaer gets the permanent job at Manchester United
By the later stages of the game against Tottenham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked a little tense. He had outsmarted his opponents in the first half with clever tactical tweaks, which had earned him a goal and ensured that the home side had very little chances to influence the game.
However, when Spurs went all out in the second half, Solskjaer looked worried. He tried to mix things up by sending in a few fresh legs and that, coupled with some fine defending from his team and the genius of David De Gea in goal, allowed United to come away with a win.
The victory at Wembley was vital for United in their pursuit of a top-four finish, bringing them closer to their goal and Solskjaer's intentions are quite clear now - he wants to take United as high up the table as possible till the end of the season.
While the worrying winks of his forehead had disappeared at the end of the game at Wembley, Solskjaer might as well get used to the pressures of the Premier League. Because from now and up until May, the Norwegian will be tested continuously and today we take a look at the 5 fixtures whose outcome could determine his future at Old Trafford beyond the summer.
Honorary Mention: The two-legged UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against PSG - the Norwegian will be tested against the French Champions, but the burdens of expectations might not be as high as these 5.
#5 Arsenal (A) - Premier League: 09/03/2019
By the time Manchester United travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal, the EPL table might look a lot different - both United and Arsenal are tied on points right now, with the Gunners ahead due to a superior goal difference. United are currently on a 6 game unbeaten streak in all competitions and have only Liverpool to play, among the big 5, before they face the Gunners in the Premier League.
The Gunners on the other hand, have lost 3 of their last 6 games in the Premier League, and before welcoming United to the Emirates, have to visit Tottenham and Manchester City. While it is hard to imagine that United will manage to hold on to their current form until March, it is also foolish to assume that Arsenal won't get back to winning ways. As such, the game might be more on the balance than it is currently appearing.
Solskjaer will face a stern test in this game because United's minimum target of Champions League football rests on the fact that they can beat the competition to the No. 4 spot. And Arsenal are among the clubs fighting for that place. The speed and attacking football of Emery's team will need another tactical genius from the Norwegian to overcome.