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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United’s players to use their FA Cup clash against Arsenal as an opportunity to show how good they really are. United have won all five of their games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager and have looked significantly sharper in attack with 16 goals scored since the Portuguese’s departure. Solskjaer now faces his toughest test as United boss as his side travel to Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Meanwhile, United have been handed a tricky FA Cup fourth-round draw with a trip to Arsenal on January 25. According to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer has been upbeat since his arrival at Old Trafford and the team’s improved performances have reflected the current mood in the dressing room. The report claims that key matches are being now relished by Solskjaer and his coaching staff, whereas in the build-up to similar games during Mourinho’s reign the feeling was more apprehensive.
And the most recent example of Solskjaer’s mentality came after the FA Cup draw against Arsenal as the Norwegian told United’s players: ‘What an opportunity to show how good you are.’ A source at United added: ‘It is very clear he is the manager. ‘He is not pally-pally or hanging around with the players in the dressing room. He keeps telling players, ‘Be yourself. Do what you feel you are best at’.’ As exclusively revealed by Metro.co.uk last month, United remain open to appointing Solskjaer on a permanent basis if they fail to land Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham.