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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting closer to a team that matches Manchester United’s offensive DNA

“We’re getting closer to that type of team”: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United’s philosophy of attack is finally pursuing the great sides of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign

  • Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with their attacking DNA
  • He believes they are on the right track to emulate great American sides of yesteryear
  • Manchester United will travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he is getting closer to a team that matches Manchester United’s offensive DNA.

United scored 48 goals in all competitions in an unbeaten run of 18 games prior to Thursday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood scored a total of 58 between them this season and United could have three attackers making the 20 mark for the first time in 55 years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United side pursues the club's traditions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United side pursues the club’s traditions

He has seen his side score 48 goals in all competitions in their unbeaten run of 18 games

He has seen his side score 48 goals in all competitions in their unbeaten run of 18 games

He has seen his side score 48 goals in all competitions in their unbeaten run of 18 games

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood & Marcus Rashford (LR) have scored 58 goals together

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood & Marcus Rashford (LR) have scored 58 goals together

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood & Marcus Rashford (LR) have scored 58 goals together

Asked if the club is now closer than ever to rediscovering their offensive identity in the seven years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Solskjaer said, That’s not my job to say, but we played good football, fun football.

“We have the privilege to play for and represent this great club. There is a certain expectation of how we play football and we are getting closer to that type of team. ‘

United suffered their first real setback since the restart on Monday-evening, when they had to concede an injury time equalizer against Southampton in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and lost two points in their quest to qualify for the Champions League.

They will try to make up for it against Palace while anticipating a 2-1 defeat to Roy Hodgson at Old Trafford in August when Patrick van Aanholt scored a 90-minute winner.

“That result was a bizarre result,” added Solskjaer. “I don’t think that would happen again if we played the same game. We have come a long way this season.

“Of course we were disappointed that we got a goal in the last seconds (against Southampton), but I am very happy with the development. A little setback is a test of our mindset.

“We must continue to do what we have done and trust ourselves. We’ve done a fantastic job since we rebooted and had a great run. You are in a club where it always comes down to the last few weeks of the season. ‘

Solskjaer was frustrated when United admitted a late equalizer against Southampton on Monday

Solskjaer was frustrated when United admitted a late equalizer against Southampton on Monday

Solskjaer was frustrated when United admitted a late equalizer against Southampton on Monday

Luke Shaw sustained a twisted ankle against Southampton and Brandon Williams also ran off with a facial cut. Solskjaer will wait to see if either of the two left backs is suitable for playing at Selhurst Park, but insists he will not select a single-eyed team at Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea.

“Luke has a swollen ankle and I will give him as much time as possible to recover,” said the United boss. “It was a twisted ankle, and Brandon cut his eye open. I do not really know.

“None of them trained yesterday [Tuesday]. They were both swollen and I give them as much time as I can to make the swelling go away.

“The team selection for Thursday is based on Thursday and not on Sunday. Sunday is irrelevant, it does not occur to me at all.

There were a few doubts before the Southampton game, but they all reported getting fit on the day. Hopefully, now we can give them time and we don’t have to leave players out due to an injury, but maybe one or two new pairs of legs will come in. ‘

United's fate in the top four remains in their own hands - as long as they win their last three games

United's fate in the top four remains in their own hands - as long as they win their last three games

United’s fate in the top four remains in their own hands – as long as they win their last three games

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