MANCHESTER UNITED will change their tactics for the trip to Tottenham despite their perfect start Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure in charge, according to the interim coach.
United have won five in a row and plundered 16 goals since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho until at least the end of the season.
But Solskjaer faces the toughest test of his managerial credentials on Sunday when he faces Premier League title challengers Spurs at Wembley.
And despite implementing an expansive style of play since taking over, Solskjaer concedes his side will have to curb their instincts this weekend.
He told Soccer AM: “When you play against a good team you have got to defend. You have to earn the right to win a game of football,”
“We’re not going to go gung-ho and be naïve but Manchester United is about attacking football.
“We’ve got to go there and attack the game, we have to win to stand a chance of passing them in the league.
“We go there to take three points.
“Walking out at Wembley with a Manchester United shirt on, that brings the best out in quite a few players.
“Hopefully we can see that.”
No manager since Sir Matt Busby has won their opening five league games as United boss – with Solskjaer looking to join esteemed company.
The run has seen them cut the gap to fourth place Chelsea to six points and Solskjaer says his side can still spring a surprise between now and the end of the campaign.
The 45-year-old added: “They know they are good players, they are playing for Manchester United.
“If we all stick together and do our best every day then we might just surprise a few with the way we could end the season.”
In the wake of Mourinho’s exit in December, Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to Old Trafford in a consultancy role.
Over the festive period he visited the club’s Carrington training ground and spoke with the squad and did the same this week.
Naturally, Solskjaer has been quick to sought advice from the Scot and he has already inherited one valuable quality.
Solskjaer said: “The hunger to improve, the hunger to win.
LATEST MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS
“To get up next morning, if you win or lose, to try and improve the club.
“He is the best ever, I would be stupid to not try and learn from him.”