Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard says caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got a tough side even though he appears lighthearted.
The interim United boss has looked lively since replacing Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams and his attitude seem to have lightened things up for the players.
The Red Devils have won all five games since the Norwegian took over, playing an exciting brand of football while at it.
But Solskjaer and his men face the biggest test of his tenure when they travel to London to face Spurs.
He’s got a hairdryer in him,” Jesse Lingard told Sky Sports. “He’ll put his foot down and tell you how it is. That’s what you need sometimes if a game is going well, you need a pick me up to remind yourself that you are a Man Utd player and you play with pride and passion.
It’s not all jokes and smiles. We work hard and that’s what he wants. He wants 100 percent from each player and everybody to know their job on gameday. We’re clued up through the week on what we need to do.Jesse Linguard
Former Sir Alex Ferguson assistant Mike Phelan returned with Solskjaer as the club seek to return to its glory days. Lingard believes the pair have had some kind of positive influence on the team.
“It feels like the old Man Utd with Phelan being there too.“He’s brought that motivation side to the team. [Phelan, Solskjaer and Michael Carrick] stay on you to keep getting better and we keep doing that.”Linguard to Sky Sports
The Red Devils traveled to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp this week ahead of their trip to Wembley. It was a good time to put in some work and help the manager know his players according to the England international.
“He’s got to know us a bit better and got to know how each player plays, what position they like and how they feel on the pitch,” Lingard added.
“He’s worked on that and got a base for us to attack teams, play with confidence, and if you lose the ball, win it back. If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter, go again and get the ball.
“As a United player, he wants people to get on the ball whether you’re having a good game or a bad game. He wants you to drive the team and try to win the game.
“There’s kind of a no-fear factor in the way we approach games now. I think Dubai has helped as a good bonding trip for Ole to get to know the players and staff a bit more.
“We worked hard, got what we needed and now we’re ready to face Tottenham. It’ll be a test but we’re going there to win the match.”