Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Steve Bruce's job at Newcastle amid relegation fears

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Steve Bruce has done a ‘very good job’ at Newcastle United, despite the Magpies getting dragged into a relegation battle in the Premier League.

Newcastle have amassed just 25 points from their 24 matches this season and are 17th in the table – three points above Fulham – ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Bruce has attracted much criticism from Newcastle fans who have been unhappy with his style of play and what they view as negative tactics, but Solskjaer says the Red Devils legend is doing a ‘very good job’.

He’s done a very good job, of course,’ the Man United boss said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.

It’s tight down there but I think the last few weeks they’ve found a different way of playing as well.

Bringing Graham [Jones] in, they’ve tried a diamond, they’ve been more adventurous so I’m not sure what type of game he’ll set up but I know Brucie will go all out for three points.

On the threat of Newcastle, Solskjaer added: ‘Every game in the Premier League is difficult. You’ve got to earn the right. You’ve got to do it by your quality but first of all the attitude.

Run more than them, want it more than them and we’ve got players who have got the quality, so hopefully we can take the chances.

Fulham beat bottom-placed Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday evening to close to within three points of Newcastle.

Bruce’s side would love to pull further away from the Cottagers with a shock victory at Old Trafford on Sunday but Mark Lawrenson, the Liverpool legend, believes Man United will clinch a routine win.

He told BBC Sport: ‘Newcastle are the team that everyone in the bottom three thinks they can catch – realistically they are the only other team who could still be dragged into the relegation places.

‘The Magpies are not playing well and that gives the sides below them hope that if they keep going they can catch them.

‘I don’t see anything happening at Old Trafford to change that. Man United 2-0 Newcastle United.’

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