MERRY CHRISTMAS UNITED FANS!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes United’s own MMA can wrestle back the glory days.
Third-placed United will leapfrog Leicester into second spot if they win Boxing Day’s first Premier League game, at 12.30pm at the King Power Stadium.
And boss Solskjaer feels his side can batter more teams into submission when exciting attackers Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial find top gear.
He said of Martial: “His running stats have set a new standard for him.
“He will always have the quality, Anthony. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier on in the season, with the red card and he has had some criticism.
“But Anthony is going to be better and better. When we get Mason, Marcus and Anthony firing on all cylinders as well, I think we will be a bigger threat for teams.”
Martial came on to tee up Edinson Cavani’s brilliant 88th-minute opener before bagging the clincher himself when United set up a Carabao Cup semi-final at home to neighbours City with Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Everton.
And the Toffees’ England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has reportedly emerged as an alternative Solskjaer target to Erling Haaland, who is starring alongside United-linked Jadon Sancho for Borussia Dortmund.
United are also said to want to trigger a one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract, which ends this summer.
And Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales says Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19, is ‘leaving for England’ – with United or Chelsea tipped as his destination.