Rafa Benítez believes Manchester United will affect the title race

Rafa Benítez believes Manchester United will affect the title race

Javier Howell
January 5, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to discuss any potential transfer targets for Manchester United in the current window but will offer an opinion when required.

"Regardless of the competition, it's good that we have another game so quickly because you feel much better after this game", said the 29-year-old.

On the prospect of Sanchez slotting into Solskjaer's style of play, he added: "I think Alexis is a player that would benefit from the interchanging, rotation and movements and more chances".

De Gea is likely to be rested for Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash against Championship strugglers Reading, just as Paul Pogba is expected to be. "I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I'm happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet".

On Friday, Solskjaer refused to quash suggestions that United could dip into the transfer market this month, but Berbatov belives the Red Devils are not in need of any new additions, despite links to a number of centre-back's.

Then Rashford himself doubled the lead after a fine counter-attack involving Lukaku and the returning Alexis Sanchez, ensuring that sixth-placed United have now scored 14 goals in four games in their ideal start under Solskjkaer.

And he's got off to the ideal start.

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Solskjaer came through his toughest test so far at United and the following league game is yet another step up. "Lukaku, Sánchez will start - that's important for them because they need more game time", he said.

"If we end up winning, that's what we hope for".

Solskjaer said of the Frenchman: "That today is a top, top performance for a midfielder, because it is all round".

For, with United looking reinvigorated and Solskjaer reprising the old Midas touch that famously saw him come off the bench against Bayern Munich to win the Champions League for United in 1999, he must still know the impossible is possible.

United go to St James' Park full of confidence but remain eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea though Solskjaer believes his side will continue to pick up points as long as the players perform the way he has instructed them to.

Giving the teenage striker an opportunity would be the flawless way to get United's FA Cup campaign off to a stormer.

"I must use the game to give players a chance to show what they have learned over this period against a strong, strong opponent".