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3 tactics Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used to improve Manchester United's play so far

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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9.80K   //    20 Feb 2019, 14:47 IST

Solskjaer has improved Manchester United since his arrival
Solskjaer has improved Manchester United since his arrival

On 16 December 2018, when Manchester United got humbled by Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield, it looked inevitable that Jose Mourinho would face the exit at Old Trafford. So when Ed Woodward finally sacked Jose Mourinho, he didn't look any further than the former player and club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to take charge of United until the end of the season.

Solskjaer's appointment did raise a few eyebrows, as he didn't have prior experience in managing a big club nor did his previous record with Cardiff help his cause. However, he considered himself lucky to get the most coveted job in world football. 

The Red Devils have won 11 of their 13 matches under Solskjaer, with the only defeat coming against PSG in the Champions League. He has instilled belief among the fans and made the team play attacking football from the onset. Solskjaer has not only allowed players to express themselves on the pitch but did make some tactical changes in the big matches as well. 

Here is a breakdown of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics at Manchester United so far.


#3 Playing Rashford as the number one centre forward

Rashford is on fire at the moment for United
Rashford is on fire at the moment for United

Marcus Rashford broke onto the scene under former manager, Louis Van Gaal, when an injury to Antony Martial saw the England international replace him for a Europa League fixture. From then onwards, Marcus didn't look back and continued to impress with his performances.

However, once Jose took over, he put either Ibrahimovic or Romelu Lukaku up front, forcing Rashford to play as a winger. He played both down the left and right flank. 

Thus this lack of positional stability and the shortage of game time affected his performances, with the Portuguese doubting his ability as a natural finisher. Solskjaer has made sure Rashford is the primary striker on the side, with Lukaku playing as a backup.

He has been scoring goals for fun and has even provided some vital assists as well. Ole has used Rashford's pace and power to run behind defenders, and the goal against Spurs exemplified just that.

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Along with his pace, Rashford's quick feet and dribbling ability have paid dividends for United in recent times. Against Bournemouth, he dribbled past three defenders and provided a brilliant assist for Paul Pogba.

Marcus can also score from set-pieces, as seen in Solskjer's first game in charge where he fired in a powerful low free-kick which completely caught the goalkeeper wrong-footed.

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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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