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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gears up for Old Trafford return

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gears up for Old Trafford return
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The Norwegian kicked off his caretaker reign with victory at Cardiff.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first home match as Manchester United's caretaker manager as Huddersfield visit Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

The former United striker, brought in on a short-term deal after Jose Mourinho was dismissed last week, got his reign off to a flying start with a 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday.

It was only United's second victory in seven Premier League games and lifted the mood after a frustrating first half of the season.

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The travelling United supporters enjoyed the triumph and more free-spirited performance in Cardiff and Solskjaer's men will now hope to build some momentum.

Defender Luke Shaw said: "As players, that's what we want the fans to feel.

"Their support gives us that extra push and obviously it was very nice for them to have five goals. We haven't done that for a while now.

"The most important thing is we got the three points and obviously we look forward now to the next game.

"Obviously I hope everyone has a good Christmas and then looks forward to watching us at home on Boxing Day."

United will sense an opportunity to further increase the feelgood factor surrounding Solskjaer's arrival as they host a Huddersfield side who have lost their last five games. The Terriers are 19th in the table having won just two matches all season.

United are also at home as they take on Bournemouth on December 30 before travelling to Newcastle on January 2.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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