Berbatov: Spurs will be Solskjaer’s first real test

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his first real test at Tottenham on Sunday

Since replacing Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford on an interim basis, Solskjaer has enjoyed a faultless start by winning his opening five games.

However, Berbatov believes Solskjaer’s coaching credentials will be tested for the first time against the Bulgarian’s old club Spurs at Wembley.

“This is the first real test,” Berbatov told the Daily Mirror.

“At some point, a loss is going to come and then it will be interesting to see how the new boss is going to react to the first one.

“Unless they don’t lose to the end of the season, of course. That really would be unbelievable.

“If Spurs can overcome the tiredness in their legs, they have a great chance of winning again.

“But United will be so confident after five wins in a row and they can win this if they play smart and exploit any fatigue Spurs might show.

“It’s going to be entertaining, I’m sure. A defeat for either would be a damaging blow to their season-long goals.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans as he walks out on to the pitch prior to the start of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on December 26, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on December 26, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old, who admitted he would like to coach United someday himself, is certain that Solskjaer will be of interest to plenty of Premier League teams should United decide against appointing him permanently this summer.

“He’s doing a great job,” added Berbatov.

“By the end of the season, as long as they keep playing like this, they should give him the job whether or not they finish in the top four.

“If they don’t, I’m sure that another Premier League team will give him the job. He’s making his name once again in the top-flight and it’s great for him.

“When a club legend becomes your manager, he automatically gets the attention of the players, purely because he had been there and done that.

“When you are in the position of Ole, having scored so many goals and won so many trophies, he gets the attention.

“He doesn’t need to yell or scream to prove anything, he just gets it.

“From that point on, he needs to show them that they need to trust him, that he knows what he’s doing and, judging by the results and the way they play, it’s obviously working.”

The Spurs and United Premier League match will begin at 17:30 (CET) this Sunday.