United’s pre-season in Asia and Australia has been a fantastic success so far, clocking up four wins out of four and playing well in all of them.
Furthermore, it has been an opportunity for many of the youngsters to strut their stuff and for fans to get a look at their new signings.
Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are just some of the academy players to impress the new manager – with the latter set to be awarded a new contract soon.
And Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have given United fans belief that the upcoming season can be a much better one than last time round.
Amid a gloomy backdrop, the Red Devils faltered in their campaign last year – finishing sixth and crashing out of all cup competitions.
But Solskjaer has elevated hope at Old Trafford and optimism is starting to grow – especially after beating one of their top six rivals Tottenham in a 2-1 win this afternoon.
And today’s performance will surely have convinced Solskjaer to start these five players against the Blues.
The Frenchman was the first player to sign a contract when the writing was on the wall for Jose Mourinho.
And Solskjaer’s exciting frontline is exactly what Martial needs to thrive, where he played as the striker in the first-half against Tottenham.
He took his goal brilliantly after being played in by Andreas Pereira, although Spurs stopper Paulo Gazzaniga will not want to see it again and was also unlucky not to have another with a fine strike hitting the post in the early stages.
The academy graduate has come on leaps and bounds and may well be the lasting legacy of Mourinho at United.
Since his promotion to the first-team, he has showcased the talents that made The Special One name him as his player of the year in 2018.
With Nemanja Matic’s presence crumbling, McTominay looks more than suited to step up – and on today’s evidence he looks like a better upgrade on the Serbian in every department.
When Solskjaer demands young, hungry talents that will bleed for United, James is it.
The Welshman’s work-rate and desire is second to none on a football pitch, and his diminutive style and searing pace makes him a handful for defenders.
After signing for £15m from Swansea, many believed he would play a bit-part role in the upcoming season but Solskjaer should be using the 21-year-old as much as possible.
James again used his pace to cause problems for Tottenham’s defence all afternoon.
Eyebrows were certainly raised when he joined for £50m but Crystal Palace fans will be thinking that United have got themselves a bargain.
And the right-back is already proving his critics wrong with another sublime performance in defence.
The Red Devils are yet to concede while he is on the pitch and his stats are impressive, winning 100 per cent of his tackles with a 100 per cent pass rate.
Whether or not Harry Maguire does join the club, Lindelof should be the first name on the team sheet in that backline.
Reads danger so well for a young player and is not afraid to get stuck in when called upon.
Also, his leadership has been noteworthy of late – where he immediately saw the problems Eric Bailly was having in the second half and signalled for a change from the bench.