Premier League 2018-19: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is scripting a stirring tale of resurrection at Manchester United
Following a disastrous start to the 2018-19 campaign, Manchester United parted ways with their manager Jose Mourinho in December 2018, and appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker manager for the rest of the season.
At first, the fans and football pundits were skeptical about the decision made by the United board. But it has paid off in surprisingly handsome fashion.
The baby-faced assassin's Manchester United reign has started in some style. The team have won 10 games and drawn out of the 11 they have played, which was completely unexpected.
The way Solskjaer has switched up the side since his arrival at The Theater of Dreams has taken everyone by surprise. From watching the boring, lethargic and pragmatic football without positive results under Mourinho to watching the attacking and entertaining football with positive results under Solskjaer, Manchester United fans have finally got what they were looking for.
When the Norwegian arrived at United, they were sitting at 6th place in the Premier League, with a goal difference of zero and 11 points off top 4 position. Now, they are in the 4th place and with a goal difference of 17, which is a really impressive turnaround in the space of 7 weeks.
Solskjaer has become a fan favorite already; everyone is now wishing for him to become the next permanent manager, and there have also been some rumors about the same.
Another problem Manchester United were suffering from under Jose Mourinho was his poor relationship with players like Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who are brilliant match winners and have the ability to grab the game by the scruff of its neck. Since the sacking of the Portuguese, the French duo have thrived under the new manager and an attacking system.
Under Solskjaer, Pogba has registered 6 goals and 5 assists in 10 games, which are quite stunning stats. Even the other players like Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera, who were under-performing under Mourinho, are back to their sparkling best under a managerial change.
Manchester United's next five fixtures are against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup, and Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Southampton in the Premier League. The fans could not have been more positive and pumped than they are at the moment, and the atmosphere and excitement at Manchester United appear to be back.
The month of February is the real test for Solskjaer, and might come to define Manchester United's season on its own.