It’s little more than a month now since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United have been nothing but fantastic in the period. The Reds looked in huge trouble when the Norwegian arrived, but now after a drastic turnaround, some even consider United a possible contender for a top four finish.
Manchester United are recently playing some of the best football United faithfuls have seen since SAF’s departure by playing a free scoring brand of football and have also maintained rock solid defense under Solskjaer. In the 7 games in all competitions, The Reds have managed to score 19 goals and have allowed only 5 goals.
It hasn’t only been the results but also the performances of most individual players that have been improved. Paul Pogba after having lost his starting spot under Jose Mourinho not only has been back into the playing XI but also has contributed spectacularly at both ends of the field. Romelu Lukaku is another who has improved immensely and has been finding the back of the net on regular basis.
Alexis Sanchez who has just returned from a long injury layoff has been all praise for the interim manager. Speaking on his new manager for the first time, The Chilean says Ole has helped the club deliver on both ends of the pitch.
“The players are the same with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they were with Mourinho but now we are having more success in attack and we are defending better.
The fact he has so much history with this club opens the way a lot when he speaks. His philosophy is to touch the ball a lot, to control the game and to score goals.
You can tell that his position on the field as a player was as a forward, but he still wants us to take good care of our penalty area too.
That’s the way you get better results. The only thing the manager told us was that we could improve the situation ourselves.”
– Alexis Sanchez on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Not only the manager but Sanchez has also been overwhelmed by the support The Reds have been receiving in the last few games.
“It’s not only on the pitch. In the stands, I see an even better atmosphere at Old Trafford.
The fans trust us more and that’s very positive for everyone. It helps you to keep on improving.”
So far it has been a fantastic start to life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United but with Champions League round of 16 fixtures against Paris Saint Germain and FA Cup encounter against Arsenal along with big Premier League encounters in the next month and two, the performance in these games will be the real test for the Norwegian’s Manchester United.