Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lifted the Champions League with Manchester United as a player, with the Norwegian scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich and perhaps he can engineer an FA Cup triumph this season.
The Red Devils are bouncing at the moment, with Jose Mourinho’s toxic reign now becoming a distant memory and there aren’t any Premier League squads who can call upon Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as reserve players.
The attitude of the players has completely transformed and United should be into the fourth round of the competition with the minimum of fuss, with Reading standing in their way and the Championship side don’t look capable of causing any problems.
The Royals are having a shocking season and look doomed to go down to League One after scrapping against the drop last term, with Solskjaer likely to rotate his squad and offer certain players the chance to try and command more game minutes in the Premier League.
With Liverpool travelling to Wolves, we could see the Merseyside team lose on Monday night and there’s a reasonable chance that they, Spurs and Manchester City could make further progress in the Champions League than United who have drawn Paris Saint-Germain at the last sixteen stage.
While United are focused hard on finishing in fourth place this season, a cup triumph would also be just the ticket and potentially strengthen Solksjaer’s chances of getting the gig on a permanent basis.
It was unthinkable a few weeks ago that someone with such limited managerial experience could actually become boss at Old Trafford, although he’s clearly commanding the respect of the players and is that really much different to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.