Why Solskjaer is Shining where Mourinho Failed

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
John Gathuita

Given the recent performances produced by Manchester United, the question troubling many football fans and pundits is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is shining where Mourinho failed. Solskjaer does not have a proven track record like that of Mourinho, but he continues to impress.

Since he was appointed as the caretaker manager back in December, Solskjaer has enjoyed nothing but success. He has won all his matches, seven, so far. Six of those have been in the league. But what is the secret behind these great performances by United on the pitch?

Relationship with Players

Solskjaer's arrival has resulted in a better relationship between the manager and the players. Mourinho had destroyed these relationships by singling out players for criticism during interviews among many other ways.

The practice resulted in differences in the United camp which saw Mourinho lose the dressing room. Fans and players lost faith in their manager as time progressed resulting in a long run of poor performances.

Solskjaer is shining where Mourinho failed as he has come in and changed all that. Unlike Mourinho, Solskjaer has been quick to praise individual and team performances rather than criticise publicly.

The practice has inspired confidence in the United players resulting in a happy dressing room and the desired result on the pitch. The caretaker manager has also won back the trust of the fans.


Solskjaer’s success at United is partly down to his training methods which have allowed players to make better use of their abilities and skills. United have one of the most talented squads in the league. However, Mourinho’s tactics appeared to limit these players with forwards being affected most.

Sanchez is among the players who performed poorly under Mourinho. He was expected to continue with the form he showed at Arsenal but has done so little to justify the enormous pay packet that he is receiving at United.

A frustrated Sanchez
A frustrated Sanchez

Solskjaer has opted for a different approach, founded on United’s tradition of playing free-flowing attacking football. The tactics have allowed players to operate in their natural positions and afforded them the freedom to utilise their abilities and skills.

The improvement is evident through the likes of Rashford and Pogba who have significantly improved under Solskjaer. Pogba has five goals in the last six league games for United making him a key player for Solskjaer.

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Manchester United resurgence is down to these two main reasons that are why Solskjaer is shining and Mourinho failed. Solskjaer has established a good working relationship with the players and is utilising them according to their talent.

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Edited by Liam Wraith


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