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3 Improvements at Manchester United since Solksjaer's appointment

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With Manchester United having parted ways with Jose Mourinho after a disastrous run of results derailed the club's season, the Old Trafford hierarchy turned to one of their former players to help steady the ship and since his appointment, the Norwegian has done just that and some.

Solskjaer was a heavy fan favorite during his playing days, due to his knack for coming off the bench to score crucial goals, with the most important unarguably being that which handed the Mancunian giants victory in the 1999 UCL final in the dying embers of the match which completed the unique treble.

Upon retirement, he has cut his teeth in management, making a name for himself at hometown club Molde, but the United job is undoubtedly in a much higher class than that of Molde.

Having impressed significantly thus far at Old Trafford, winning six out of his first six matches, there is already a raging debate as to whether the 45-year-old should be handed the reins on a permanent basis, with there being those for and against the move.

However, for all the arguments about him lacking the expertise required to manage a club of the caliber of United, detractors would do well to remember that there are precedents of 'inexperienced' managers doing well at mega clubs at the first time of asking such as Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane, while so-called established managers have been humongous disasters (look no further than Jose Mourinho).

Even though it might be too early to make assertions on what his Manchester United legacy would be, there are already signs that Solskjaer is headed in the right direction. In this piece, we take a look at three positive impacts the Norwegian has had since being appointed the caretaker Manchester United manager.

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#3 Bringing out the best of Pogba

Pogba is a man reborn under Solksjaer
Pogba is a man reborn under Solksjaer

Following his world record return to Manchester United in the summer of 2016, Paul Pogba was seen as the man upon whom United would be built and the star to lead them into the future under the management of Jose Mourinho.

However, it did not go according to plan, as both player and manager fell out, having numerous disagreements that the situation became so untenable that it was virtually impossible for both men to work together.

The World Cup winner became a regular feature on the bench towards the end of Mou's reign, with numerous reports linking him with a move away from Manchester United.

Nevertheless, for all the accusations of being inconsistent and overrated, on his day, Paul Pogba is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, possessing the ability to dictate the tempo of matches - this much we had seen in the colors of France and Juventus, as well as fleetingly with Man United.

Since Solksjaer's appointment, however, Paul Pogba has been a man reborn, returning to his prime best which made United shell out such megabucks for him.

In six Premier League matches under Solksjaer, Pogba has scored five goals and provided five assists, which comes at a remarkable rate of 0.8% for each or a goal involvement ratio of 1.6 / match which is a massive upgrade on what he offered under Mourinho.

Solksjaer managed Pogba at youth level for Manchester United and upon his unveiling said he planned to build his team around Paul Pogba and on evidence of what we have seen so far, he has the key to unlock the Frenchman's immense potential which is central to all United hope to achieve moving forward.

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