The 6 Men who are the backbone of Solskjaer's Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new look Manchester United have won all seven games on the go, scoring 19 goals and conceding just 4! This run has improved United's chances of finishing in the top 4, as the club are now just 3 points away from the 4th place, as opposed to 11 points away when the Norwegian took charge.
The mood at Old Trafford, as such, is a lot brighter right now, but it is not just mere luck that United have found their lost form again. Solskjaer has been impressive with his tactics and team selection. He has also displayed a strong understanding of the game, but it is mainly the identification of his core players that has enabled United to stay strong in every game.
The Norwegian has a core set of players who are drilled in his attacking philosophy, and help instill those tactics on the pitch. Today, we take a look at the 6 outfield players who form the backbone of Solskjaer's Manchester United team.
Note: David De Gea is an automatic choice for the No. 1 spot, as such he has not been included in this list.
#6 Victor Lindelof
The Swedish defender has been rock solid at the back under Solskjaer. He has started every Premier League match under the Norwegian and has looked a better player with each passing game. He has been helped by the team playing further up on the pitch, which has opened up a lot of space and time for him to operate.
Lindelof likes time on the ball and has the knack of setting up his offensive teammates from the back. He likes to look ahead and catch the runs of the attacking players ahead of him. As such, Solskjaer's attacking tactics have enabled him to play his natural game. He has already registered 35 accurate long balls and 1 through ball so far in the Premier League.
However, even though he has a silky side to his game, it is his defending that has improved the most under Solskjaer. His confidence has increased and he looks more settled now. Lindelof has successfully managed to match his strength with some of the most harrowing strikers in the recent games, and has not looked out of space. His tackling has also improved massively and he has a tackle success rate of 60% in the league this season.
Victor Lindelof is one of Manchester United's best players right now and his form has enabled the Premier League giants to have a quiet January so far. However, the Swede still needs a strong partner alongside him to further develop his game