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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts how Manchester United players and fans will react to Jose Mourinho

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts how Manchester United players and fans will react to Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho returns to Manchester United as Tottenham boss for the first time (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Jose Mourinho to receive a warm welcome from Manchester United supporters when he returns to Old Trafford as Tottenham manager.

Since replacing Mauricio Pochettino, Mourinho has won all three of his opening matches in charge of Spurs, beating West Ham and Bournemouth in the Premier League either side of a dramatic Champions League victory over Olympiakos.

The north London club now sit fifth in the English top flight, while Solskjaer’s United side and languishing down in ninth after a dismal start to the campaign.

Mourinho was unable to deliver a farewell speech when he was sacked by United last December and he plans to meet up with club staff prior to kick-off on Wednesday evening.

Solskjaer is confident Mourinho will get a good reception from fans (Picture: Getty)

The Portuguese has fond memories of his time in the north west and reportedly wants his return to United to go ‘calmly’ as he holds no grudge with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over his dismissal.

Asked whether Mourinho will get a good reception at Old Trafford, Solskjaer replied: ‘A very good reception.

‘That’s just a testament to this club and these supporters, remember two and a half years, won trophies,

‘I’m 100 per cent sure our fans, staff and club will welcome him.’

Pogba has been ruled out of Wednesday’s clash (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer says Mourinho’s return should provide no further motivation for his players to deliver on the pitch.

‘I don’t think whoever manager of opposition team is will change motivation, they’re motivated to do well for Manchester United,’ the Norwegian added.

‘They know it’s about improving every day in training and step on that pitch to be part of this long-term.

‘When you put the shirt on you’ve gotta give it your all, the boys are a bit disappointed after Sunday, after the game.

‘But now all eyes are on Wednesday night.’

Mourinho is unbeaten as Spurs manager (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer has brushed off speculation that he could be set for the sack if the Red Devils lose on Wednesday night.

No it doesn’t make me more concerned,’ he said.

‘I’m just focusing on my job and that’s doing as well as I can, look forward to the next game and look at the long-term plan things with board.

‘It’s that time of year. It’s never nice to see your colleagues lose their job in a very short space of time.’

Aston Villa held United to a draw at the weekend (Picture: Getty)

Asked whether he feels he should speak with United chief Ed Woodward, Solskjaer added: ‘We speak all the time so it’s not like knee-jerk suddenly now we need to talk. We speak a few times every week so it’s continually progressing.

‘The plans we’ve put in place, the rebuilding we know we started, we made some decisions that were necessary and now of course we’re not happy where we are but will continue working.

‘Three days or four days aren’t going to change a whole lot but these two games are great chances to improve things and continue in the vein against some of the better sides.

‘We’ve had some good results against good teams and we’ve got a plan for Wednesday night.

‘We’ve had too many draws for my liking, defeats of course, but draws we should have turned into wins. Football is a results business.

‘We’re not happy and know we can do better. We are working hard, the work is always geared on us improving but we’re not getting all the results we’ve deserved.’

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