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5 Things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done better than Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Kaushal Raj
SENIOR ANALYST
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11.81K   //    09 Jan 2019, 16:54 IST

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is off to a flying start at Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is off to a flying start at Man United

Everything is right with the world again! That's what Manchester United fans would tell you at least, as for the first time in recent memory, the Premier League's most successful side have looked like the swashbuckling, dominating and entertaining team of old they once were under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

This has coincided with the arrival of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a Manchester United legend in his own right, after the departure of former boss Jose Mourinho.

5 games into his reign as boss, his side has won all 5 games, scoring 16 goals and conceding just 3 in return. The last time they were on such a run was in January 2018, and results this season were certainly not up to the mark.

5 games in, there's a large enough sample size for us to draw comparisons between the incumbent 'Ole' and the former boss 'Jose'.

Here are 5 things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done better than Jose Mourinho:


#1 Stabilised the central midfield

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with midfield general Nemanja Matic
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with midfield general Nemanja Matic

One of the first tasks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had was to develop a stable and solid midfield to both support the defence and distribute the ball quickly to spark counter-attacks.

In his first game away at Cardiff, Ole deployed the midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, and Paul Pogba and won the game comfortably 5-1.

In his next assignment, he tinkered with the side, giving the Brazilian Fred the start ahead of Herrera, but just after 53 minutes, reverted to the trio that dominated the game at the Cardiff City Stadium.

In the games to follow, he has established the trio as the first-choice midfield combination, something which was definitely lacking under Mourinho and the results have justified his selection.

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Kaushal Raj
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A 5-year veteran of the sports scene in India. Street-level football and basketball champ!
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