READ WHAT ZOLA HAS TO SAY ABOUT SOLSKJAER AHEAD OF MANCHESTER UNITED CLASH

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Chelsea host Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be up against Chelsea for the first time since his appointment as their caretaker manager in December.

The Manchester United legend’s first managerial job was back in 2011 for Molde, and his start to life at Old Trafford has been amazing.

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed that he completed his coaching badges alongside Solskjaer with the two now enjoying a friendship with each other. Zola’s first managerial position was in the dugout at Upton Park for West Ham back in 2008.

As the pair face each other on Monday, Zola has revealed that he’s impressed with what Solskjaer has done.

“I am pleased, first of all. That is my first feeling,” said Zola. “Ole and I did the course together, so I’m pleased to see him doing so well.

“I knew United were going through not a very good moment before, but I knew the value of the team and that they’d come back.

“What Ole has done in a short period of time has been quite remarkable.”

Ahead of Monday’s game at Stamford Bridge, Solskjaer has insisted there’s no reason to panic after the club’s first loss since he replaced Jose Mourinho in December, as PSG defeated them 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

“You don’t panic because you’ve lost a game. You don’t change everything. It doesn’t change the mindset at all,” Solskjaer said.

“I hate losing games, the boys hate it. They’ve been down, but there’s no point dwelling on it. There are big games with good teams coming up and we need to dust ourselves down.

“You’ve got to bounce back at this club. You always have challenges and away against Chelsea is tough.

“We know there was a spell against PSG, seven or eight minutes, when we lost our way. Apart from that, we weren’t too bad.”

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