Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been implementing “new ideas” in Manchester United’s training and the manager is impressed with the team’s spirit as training intensity is ramped up ahead of the Premier League’s resumption.
United will get their 2019-20 campaign back underway in two weeks’ time at Tottenham, more than three months after their most recent match – the 5-0 Europa League win at LASK on March 12.
Prior to the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, United had hit a strong run of form, enjoying an 11-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, including Premier League wins over Chelsea and Manchester City.
That resurgence was in spite of injuries to key players Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, both of whom are expected to be available again when the season recommences.
And with Pogba yet to play alongside new signing Bruno Fernandes, United fans are understandably excited at the prospect, and Solskjaer confirmed the team has been working on fresh “ideas” in training.
“Training has been about recapping what we did well, tweaking maybe one or two things and looking at some new ideas,” he told United’s official website.
“But hopefully we can see a lot of what we saw towards the end before the lockdown.
“We’ve got games coming weekend, midweek, weekend for a spell, so you have to focus on ourselves and not just on that one, first game.
“We’ve been looking forward to these games for ages really. It does make it feel like, ‘Yes, we’re here soon’. The first game is two weeks from today [Friday], so we need to step up the training and get an edge to our game again.
“Everyone knows that we will have to be at our best, have to be focused [against Tottenham]. We know it’s a big game for everyone. We had Chelsea when we started the league this season, so I’m confident that our players can go into the Tottenham game with that mentality of going there to play a very good game of football.”