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Ole Gunnar Solskjær shows there is substance behind the smiles

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But could Ole Gunnar Solskjær do it on a chilly Sunday evening in January, against one of the Premier League’s sharper tactical minds?

e could smile, be gracious, look pleased to be there and deliver the letter U in a pleasing Scandi-Manc.



He could make some of the best footballers in the world seem happy to be paid million of pounds a year to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world – a feat of psychological alchemy quite beyond his predecessor.



Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen moved wide, Spurs’ full-backs dropped deeper.

Solskjær exploited that, setting Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to peel wide and attack those areas, which meant Jesse Lingard effectively ended up as a false nine between them.

– but six successive wins is a fine way to start, and already he has demonstrated that he is more than just a mood-enhancer, that there is substance behind the smiles.

When Tottenham play as they started on Sunday, with a midfield diamond, there is a vulnerability wide, behind the full-backs.
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