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Man Utd started season like amateurs – now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must prove himself

The debate is raging about which win in Paris was the best for Manchester United.

The one in 2019, or this week’s version? – Tough call, but never mind that.

The conversation United supporters should be having is, which version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side will show up at Old Trafford on Saturday when Chelsea come to town?

Will it be the one that performed like a hungover pub team in the 6-1 tonking from Tottenham, or the one that outthought, outfought and outclassed a strong Paris Saint Germain outfit in the Parc des Princes?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to build on the win over PSG
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The truth is we don’t know. No-one does – and I include manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in this.

What we do know is that one night of perfection in Paris has got Solskjaer smiling again because the pressure on him has eased, while the likes of Axel Tuanzebe claim United remain one of the big boys of world football who can go on and win the Champions League this season.

Slow down. We’ve been here before under Solskjaer, remember?

United have made statements of intent with big wins over illustrious opponents, only to fail to capitalise on them in subsequent games.

After beating PSG 3-1 away in 2019 to reach the last eight of the Champions League, Ollie “was at the wheel” and he got the job on a permanent basis.

Axel Tuanzebe was widely praised for his performance against PSG
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Then those wheels fell off. United lost their next two games and won just two of their remaining 12 fixtures that season. At the start of last season United thumped the tomorrow’s opponents 4-0, then lost at home to Crystal Palace.

United started this season like amateurs, but have now walloped Newcastle and beaten a PSG side boasting Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on their own turf. You have to admire how consistently…

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