Herrera not thinking about top four despite Man United charge

Mark Dempsey observes training alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United's Aon Training Complex

"Recalling Solskjaer's finest hour, he said: "(United) brought us to the game and we were behind the goal when Ole scored, on the second level up.

Pogba has started all four of their festive games within the space of 11 days, playing every single minute, including the one at St James Park!

He added: "When you win games of football you're happy".

After such a positive start to his time at the helm at Old Trafford, many have started to wonder whether Solskjaer could be in line to take on the manager's job on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Solskjaer is hoping to convince executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his credentials with a top-four finish and a run to Wembley, but the 45-year-old says reinstating United's attacking principles is more important.

Paul Pogba is expected to be missing against Reading after being injured by a reckless Jonjo Shelvey challenge during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Sounding uncannily like his old insatiable United mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, the former striker reckoned he had already consigned to history the idea of having emulated Busby, who went on to win a fifth consecutive game at the infancy of his epic reign.

The United boss has revealed Romelu Lukaku will be recalled up front after scoring off the bench in the last two games while Alexis Sanchez will also start against Reading after making his injury comeback off the bench in midweek. He made his debut for United alongside the Norwegian later that year aged 18, and they remained colleagues for the next eight years, stockpiling trophies as they went.

"If he gets the job and he has the philosophy that he has now - of just letting the players play - I don't think United will be successful. We never hit the heights that we can do but I felt we were in control, kept plugging away", he told Sky Sports. They have a process to look for the next manager but the more you're here the more you enjoy it. "I'm happy with the squad I've got".

Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood are huge youth prospects from the academy and now would be the ideal time to hand them their first-team debuts.

"Even without Mourino we expect a very, very tough match".

On a more hard night for Solskjaer, though, against stubborn Newcastle, it was a second-half substitution from the Norwegian that propelled United to their latest success as Lukaku scored with his first touch in the 64th minute.

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