The Warm-Up: Manchester United are Manchester United again
Plus, Neil Warnock is all over a bit of Brexit, Marcelo Bielsa is a cat and sit down before you watch this Greenock Morton own goal.
MONDAY’S BIG STORIES
There is no problem Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t solve
Manchester United were a fractured, rabid mess before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed caretaker manager. Six games and six wins later, they appear a team transformed. Fluent in attack and resolute – if still a bit ropey - in defence.
The Norwegian becomes the second manager in the club's history to win his first five league games in charge. The other was Sir Matt Busby. He is the first manager to win his first six games in all competitions.
However, while The Warm-Up loves indulging in a little hyperbole, it must be said that United rode their luck a little after Marcus Rashford's opener. They were battered at times and, were it not for the brilliance of David de Gea, may well have been on the end of a shoeing.
Yet, it was still impressive from United. Solskjaer appears to have reinstalled that intangible sense of superiority that drove Manchester United to such success under Sir Alex Ferguson. It is of course early days but there was an impression of inevitably about United getting over the line despite Tottenham's dominance.
They could regress to the Jose Mourinho mean, so let's not declare the Norwegian a managerial messiah just yet, but Solskjaer has done what seemed impossible a matter of 22 days ago. He has made Manchester United feel like Manchester United again.
Surely he is a shoo-in for the job full time now.
However, if United elect not to hire him, then just put him charge of Brexit as he has already sorted out one fractured, directionless rabid mess. In fact, The Warm-Up is putting its full weight behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Brexit chief. Ole Gunnar Sort Brexit!
Warnock is not a fan of Europe
On the subject of Brexit, who had Neil Warnock down as a Brexiteer?
Neil WarnockPA Sport
The Warm-Up certainly didn't. Nope. Not a forward-thinking, progressive coach such as Neil. Actually, The Warm-Up should really refer to Neil's role in the old, imperial measurement of manager - none of that coach guff for our Neil.
Anyway, Neil is all for Brexit.
The key line in here is as follows:
" I think we'll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. To hell with the rest of the world. Aye."
Some astounding stuff.
Marcelo Bielsa is a cat
There has been some serious virtue signalling over Marcelo Bielsa's decision to send a member of staff to spy on Derby County's training session ahead of Leeds United's clash with Frank Lampard's men. However, that needs to be wound in.
The guy wants to win. Fair play. He'll do whatever he deems ethically sound. And he is unapologetic about that fact. His interview ahead of the match was glorious.
Here it is in all its glory:
The essence of said interview is as follows: ‘yea, I did it and what?’
Marcelo, The Warm-Up salutes you.
On a more a serious note, those condemning this are, to The Warm-Up's mind, pretty naive. Elite-level football is a game of the finest margins whereby the smallest insight or advantage can be the difference between winning and losing, relegation and promotion etc.
IN THE CHANNELS
Wow. The English language has developed over the course of 1,400 years and The Warm-Up rates itself as a linguistic baller but there no words in existence to describe the below. Well, none that can be published on a fine, family publication such as Eurosport.
Anyway, Greenock Morton have had a rip roaring belter during their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Alloa Athletic.
HEROES AND ZEROES
Hero - Erik Lamela
Did you know that GOAT was an acronym of Erik Lamela? You didn't? Well you do now.
Erik Lamela is indeed the greatest human being to walk the earth and he proved it again when his team-mate Juan Foyth got engaged.
"Invite me or I kill you." Laugh out out out out out out out out out loud (looooooooool)
Zero - Rio Ferdinand
Your steaming hot completely incorrect take sponsored by SportsDirect.com is brought to you by Rio Ferdinand.
What better way to start a Monday morning than every one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United goals.
31 minutes of goals. Woof.
We are absolutely loaded with great Australian Open content - it is the first day of the tournament. It is live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
Fear not football fans, though, Manchester City host Wolves in the Monday Night Football.
Nick Miller will be here on the morrow, if he can drag himself to work after an 18-hour marathon tennis-watching shift, to take your-good-selves through the ongoings from that highly-anticipated encounter.