CARDIFF boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt his side's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round win at Bolton was the perfect preparation for tomorrow's Premier League trip to his old club Manchester United.
The Welsh outfit claimed their second victory in four games since Solskjaer took charge, with the decisive moment coming in the 50th minute when Fraizer Campbell slotted in.
Both ex-United man Campbell and the man who supplied the cross, Craig Noone, had come off the bench, as they did in the third round at Newcastle where a goal from each subsequently secured a 2-1 triumph.
Solskjaer was delighted with the way his team played and thought it was a good way for Cardiff to warm up for tomorrow's assignment.
"For players to get confidence and to feel good, you have to play well and score goals.
"Against Bolton we defended fantastically, so our defenders will have gone into the dressing room and then to the hotel thinking about their performances and what they did well.
"The goalkeeper (David Marshall) did fantastically again, and Fraizer and the forward lads will be thinking about the goal that was scored and the good moves we put together.
"You can only get confidence from performances and results."
Solskjaer admits it has been a "dream" of his to return to United, who he played for between 1996 and 2007, as a Premier League manager and that he had swiftly scoured the fixtures to see when it would happen once he landed the post at Cardiff.
"I looked at it the day I got the job – when we were playing Man United," the 40-year-old former striker said.
"Since then it has been so busy, I haven't had time to think about it. But now, my focus is of course on that game. It is a dream."
When that dream is fulfilled tomorrow, Solskjaer may well find his team having to handle United's new record signing Juan Mata after his £37.1million switch from Chelsea.
"He is one of the top players in European and world football. He has done fantastically for Chelsea over the last few years. United have signed a top, top player."