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"I hope Ole stays unbeaten in the league, but not the cup!"

John O'Shea wishes former team-mate well in managerial role - after Reading's visit!

4 January 2019

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John O'Shea spoke on a wide range of subjects ahead of the Royals' trip to Old Trafford this weekend - but he hopes to end his former team-mate's winning start as Manchester United manager!


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Ole Gunnar Solskjær has won all four of his Premier League encounters since taking over as caretaker manager of Manchester United, equalling the opening record of none other than Sir Matt Busby.

It'll be a change of tact this weekend, with the Royals making the trip up to Old Trafford to try and pull off an upset in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round.

O'Shea, who played almost 400 times for the Red Devils, says he looks forward to going back and facing his former side.

On the impact of Solskjær so far, he said: "He's not had a bad start, has he! It's been incredible, I think you can see what he hoped to bring in, that freedom of expression.

"They're at Manchester United because they're good players, it looked from the outside that the freedom is what he's tried to bring. 

"Knowing Ole, the type of player he was and the type of person he is, you can see why the board and the club decided to go that way. He's doing a hell of an impression to get the job, that's for sure.

"Knowing Ole as I do, he'll bring the enjoyment factor but also that professionalism, the killer instinct that he had. That's definitely been a key to it.

"They're on a run of games where they're really putting their foot down, finishing teams off. Everything he's doing is going in his favour at the minute, but hopefully he remains unbeaten in the league and gets knocked out in the cup!"

Despite all that has been happening at Old Trafford, O'Shea says the Royals will go to Manchester United and try to play the match on their terms - alongside the freedom with which José Gomes wants from his side.

"The new manager has come in and he's wanting to get us enjoying it, showing the expression that he sees on the training pitch.

"You saw from most of the game against QPR initially, we really should have got a couple of goals in the first half - we really dominated.

"It's one of those things, you'll be hoping that when we go to Old Trafford, we'll have the confidence to show that ability.

"We know Manchester United are a fantastic team and they're on a great run, but we have to have that confidence to go there and show that we can cause them problems.

"We can hopefully get that goal and hopefully be a part of a bit of FA Cup magic, a bit of a shock."

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