Lingard tips Manchester United for Premier League title challenge

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It has been a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Manchester United, who have gone from having their worst start to a season in nearly three decades under Jose Mourinho to being the form side in Europe, picking up 22 points from a possible 24 under Solskjaer.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are the two players who've impressed the most under Solskjaer.

He has registered four goals in five starts, including winners in consecutive away games against Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Leicester City.

The first big change should be dropping Marcus Rashford to the bench and playing Romelu Lukaku up front.

On the BT Sports show Saturday Morning Savage, the 51-year-old claimed that, if he had been appointed instead of Solskjaer after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, he would've gone on to make the same impact.

With nine goals between them since the Norwegian arrived, the good friends have given United's attack a more menacing look in recent weeks.

Lingard lifted the lid on how the Manchester United pair have been setting each other targets in games.

He added that the Norwegian club do not have a "Plan B" in place to cover the eventuality that United do end up poaching their manager.

As well as competing for a top-four berth, United host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday and face Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round later this month.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane were the bookmakers' top contenders following Mourinho's exit.

"He deserves it at the moment", Ranieri said. I want to see my players fight until the end.

Pochettino had seemed to be the obvious choice to take the job permanently when Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford, Rooney himself backing him for the role. He was a fantastic player. With nine wins and a draw in the ten games that he has managed so far, Solskjaer maintains an impressive record at the Old Trafford touchline.

"I signed him for £5 million, it was good business", the Italian said.

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