4pm Man Utd news: Solskjaer goes defensive, Coutinho’s Barcelona escape, and Ferguson spotted at training

THE countdown continues to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first big test as Manchester United manager, taking on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham.

Read on for all of the build up as well as the latest news and transfer stories from Old Trafford.

4pm Man Utd news: Solskjaer goes defensive, Coutinho’s Barcelona escape, and Ferguson spotted at trainingReuters1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Marcus Rashford can be just as good as England captain Harry Kane

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will set his Man United team out to be more defensive against Tottenham than they have so far during his tenure.

The Red Devils have netted 16 goals in his five games in charge – but the Norwegian revealed he will not be going all-out when they travel to Wembley.


MAN UNITED will offer Philippe Coutinho a route away from Barcelona after struggling for form in Catalonia.

The former Liverpool attacker has failed to live up to his £145m fee – and has played just 40 minutes in Barca's last three La Liga appearances.


SIR ALEX FERGUSON made another appearance at Man United training in a bid to inspire the side ahead of their clash against Tottenham.

The Red Devils legend joined the squad before last month's 4-1 win over Bournemouth.


DANIEL LEVY will not let Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United — even for £50million.

The Tottenham chairman has made it clear to his board he plans to reject any Old Trafford approach at the end of the season.


NO one should underestimate the steely determination of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Dwight Yorke saw it as a team-mate in Manchester United’s Treble-winning campaign of 1999 and now he can see it in him as the club’s interim manager.


MARCUS RASHFORD has been told: “You Kane be like Harry.”

The message has come from Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose one-on-one attention to Rashford is already bringing its rewards.


MAURICIO POCHETTINO rolled out a wonderful anecdote about sneaking into the posh seats at the Nou Camp to cheer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

Then he spoke of his intense admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson — an “inspiration” and “footballing encyclopedia” — and referred to Paul Pogba as a “special” player.


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will take a job at a Premier League rival if Manchester United cut him loose, according to Dimitar Berbatov.

The ex-United forward, 37, believes the Norwegian deserves the job on a full-time basis after his impressive start at Old Trafford.

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