Solskjaer keen for first ‘proper test’ vs Tottenham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not have hoped for a better start to his time as Manchester United’s caretaker boss, but admits that Sunday’s upcoming clash with Tottenham will be his first ‘proper test’.

The Norwegian has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, taking in Premier League victories against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and seeing off Reading in the FA Cup.

Sterner tests await the former super sub, however, with a trip to Wembley to face high-flying Spurs – who themselves recently recorded a resounding 7-0 win over Tranmere Rovers – representing Solskjaer’s first clash against top-six opposition.

Win or lose, the 45-year-old is looking forward to seeing what level his resurgent charges are really at.

“Spurs at Wembley – that’s a proper test,” Solskjaer said after the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to that one because it’ll give me more of a reference as to where we are against the top boys.

“We’re not happy talking about fourth, fifth or sixth – in a year or two the club needs to move on and move up the table.”

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