Manchester United have named their team for today’s game at Leicester City.
The club have not lost on Boxing Day since 2015 – one of only two defeats on this day in Premier League history – and won at the King Power on the final day of last season to qualify for the Champions League, and what a pointless adventure that was!
Still, despite no proper support from the board, Solskjaer’s team have found themselves in a possible, improbable, title race. The festive period is sure to either undermine or strengthen that argument.
“It’s strange, for me, coming from Norway. But then again, it’s a fantastic period,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com. “You have to recover quickly and be ready for this game. I think, actually was it Boxing Day or 28 when I came back from my injury? I played against Birmingham and I just remember thinking: maybe I shouldn’t have had that Christmas dinner. Maybe I should have calmed down on that one. But it’s a fantastic period, the festive period – games for the fans. Unfortunately, we can’t have fans in the stadiums now, but for the players it’s a period where you have to sacrifice what is a normal Christmas for everyone.”
Solskjaer has complained about early kick-offs this season but with it out of his control he is hoping his players can get down to business.
“Let’s hope so. A 12:30 kick-off as well, which means an even earlier night on Christmas Day,” he said. “Yeah, we’re ready for the game. We’ve picked up points, we’re picking up form in the league. So have they. We have good memories from last year when we played them in the last league game, when we needed a point. We’ll go into the game confident, but always humble and knowing that they have some quality players and a quality structure and tactics. The things they can bother you with, we just really have to be aware of that.”
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