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3 simple things Solksjaer has done to transform Manchester United into winners again

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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5.33K   //    08 Jan 2019, 17:44 IST

Solskjaer has made a significant impact since his appointment.
Solskjaer has made a significant impact since his appointment.

Jose Mourinho's two and half year managerial career would be remembered for anything but the two trophies he won at Manchester United. The writing was on the wall for the Portuguese after a fall out with Paul Pogba in the middle of the last season and with a style of play entirely different to what defines Manchester United. Eventually, after the humiliating defeat at the hands of their biggest rivals, Liverpool in the current campaign, Jose got sacked and replaced by United's very own, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Though appointed as the interim manager till the end of the season, the Norwegian's charisma and personality is a hit among the fans. The former United striker not only had to produce results but make the team play a more attacking brand of football. 

His first game in charge against Cardiff City was the first time since Sir Alex's farewell that United scored five in a Premier League fixture. Since then, it has been a happy ride for the club winning five out of five in all competitions with big tests yet to come. However, the feel-good factor is back at Old Trafford, and the fans are optimistic about the club's chances of finishing in the top four. 

Ole took hold of a struggling Manchester United side and made them winners again solely based on three simple things. 


#3 Allowing the players to express themselves


A weight has been lifted off their shoulders.
A weight has been lifted off their shoulders.

Jose Mourinho always prioritized defense first and gave specific instructions to each player to obey. It often led to the players failing to produce their natural game and subsequently put in a poor performance. The most prominent example was Paul Pogba who was made to do defensive duties which he detested costing the Frenchman his place in the starting XI. 

On the other hand, being a Manchester United player himself, Ole knew the importance of players expressing themselves on the pitch and play free-flowing football. He has taken the burden off their shoulders which has reflected on Manchester United's recent performances as well. 

Players like Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial, can cause havoc if given the free license to move forward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supported by Mike Phelan has done precisely that.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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