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3 Improvements at Manchester United since Solksjaer's appointment

Elvis Ume O
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6.15K   //    16 Jan 2019, 10:43 IST

#2 The return of free-flowing attacking football

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League

United is a club steeped in attacking culture, with the club's flair reaching new heights under the long and distinguished management of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The club has given us attacking icons such as George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo but to name a few and as such, United faithful expect the club to not only win but to do so with style and poise.

This tradition is one which has been departed from over the last few years, with it reaching new lows under Jose Mourinho, as the Portuguese' pragmatic, playing not to lose style ensured that defense was placed at a premium, with him ready to win at all costs at the expense of aesthetics.

It became a horror show, as fans previously accustomed to witnessing attacking swashbuckling football now saw their beloved team put in dour displays devoid of any on the edge excitement.

The arrival of Solksjaer has seen the return of attacking football, as United players now play without any inhibition, taking the game to their opponents instead of sitting back and being reactive.

The full-backs are now regulars in the opposition half, as against their static positioning under Jose Mourinho, while attack-minded players such as Tony Martial, Marcos Rashford, Jesse Lingard and the aforementioned Paul Pogba are once more thriving.

Solksjaer is a bonafide student of Sir Alex Ferguson, having spent seven years under the great Scots' tutelage so there was never a possibility of him deviating from his methods and on evidence of what we have seen so far, attacking football is here to stay at United.


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