When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Manchester United manager in mid-December, the Old Trafford club was 11-points adrift of the 4th placed team and looks very unlikely that they will qualify for the Champions League next season.
This means that Ole Gunnar has the herculean task of making Manchester United great again and reinstating Manchester United to the footballing powerhouse that they once were. In other to make Manchester United great again, we quickly look at 3 very vitally essential things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must do as caretaker manager to restore some respect and confidence back to the Manchester United team.
1. Proper management of Manchester United dressing room
There is no doubt that disagreements and rancor in the dressing room is one of the reasons why Manchester United are in the sore, deplorable condition and form that they are currently in the Premier League. The improper management of the Manchester United dressing room ultimately cost former manager Jose Mourinho his job as Manchester United manager.
Manchester United boasts the likes of great talents like the Ivorian Eric Baily, Spanish Ander Herrera, French star Anthony Martial, and Chilean Alexis Sanchez, so there is absolutely no justifiable reason for not winning games week-in-week-out and competing for the Premier League title. Manchester United’s lackluster performance is evidence that there is no synergy between the team and it is of utmost importance that the new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should properly manage the United dressing room by continuing to unite the Manchester United players and thereby form a closer bond -which is evident in the positive vibe and performance against the big teams like Arsenal and Tottenham – with his team.
There has to be unity and synergy between the United players if they are to perform better and move upwards on the league table and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must deal with the challenge of properly managing the Manchester United dressing room and make Manchester great again.
2. Define a clear Manchester United playing pattern and style
Manchester United has a very rich historic reputation and so it is very important for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to define a clear playing style and pattern for his Manchester United side. As Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must clearly define the playing dynamics – how he wants the team to play – and structure – how he wants the team to be set up – which has to properly align and relevant with the values, traditions, and philosophies of Manchester United.
As a former Manchester United and Legend himself, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already understands the values, philosophies and traditions that made Manchester United the great team that it once was, so he will surely know how to help get the best out of his players so as to make Manchester United great again.
3. Bring back the attacking style of football
Under former boss Jose Mourinho, Manchester United continuously struggled to kill off games as it appeared that they have lost touch in the attacking department. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must therefore stamp his authority and influence the team thereby bringing back the attacking mentality and style of play that Manchester United was traditionally known for under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must imbibe the attacking mentality into the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, and Anthony Martial so that Manchester United’s attack can flourish and completely revive from their terrible league performances and make Manchester United great again.
Manchester United surely needs to score goals – and plenty of it – and gather maximum 3-points as they go along in the season if they ever hoped to finish in the top four of the Premier League at the end of the season.
Now, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Manchester
But what has changed at Manchester United? Now more than ever before in the post-Ferguson era, Manchester United have a certain level of assurance and purpose in their gameplay. Ole Gunnar Solsjaer has brought back the kind of swagger and flair that Manchester United used to be known for.
Here, we analyse some of the changes and improvements that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made around Manchester United that has made Manchester United a great and attacking team once again like we used to see during the glory and successful days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
1. Building trust in player’s ability and development
In the days when Jose Mourinho was the manager at Manchester United, he was always complaining that the Manchester United squad lacks quality. The young players have also failed to develop to their maximum potentials under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage and even the established and well experienced senior players began to lose their form and quality due to his stale and negative football tactics.
But since the sacking of Jose Mourinho in mid-December and the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager, there has been a breath of fresh air at Old Trafford. The 45-year old Norwegian manager has brought back the traditional attacking style football that the Manchester United is usually known for. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now allowed the attacking players to show their talents and express themselves with more freedom and purpose going forward. The likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are now flourishing under the new caretaker manager and have become the two most dangerous attacking players in the team and in the Premier League since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as manager. Paul Pogba has now been involved in more than 60% of the goals (scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists) that Manchester United have scored since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the manager of Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ability to nurture and trust in his player’s abilities, and guide them to develop their talents to the maximum potential has helped Manchester United to enjoy an impressive run of form and excellent performance. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making Manchester United great again.
2. Consistent team selection
During the tenure of Jose Mourinho as manager, it was rare that Manchester United used the same team selection twice without changing the team selections so it was difficult for the team to play together with consistency.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins at Old Trafford, there have been consistency and a level of continuity in the team selections. Paul Pogba, David De Gea, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young have all played in 6 out of the total 7 matches that the Norwegian manager have been in charge while Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have been limited 5 appearances due to various degrees of injuries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also got it right with the way he makes tactical changes and substitutions to affect the game positively as has since resulted in better performance on the pitch. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making Manchester UNIted great again.
3. Balance and stability in the Midfield
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always relied on the stability that the trio of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, and Ander Hererra provides in the midfield. After playing 5 games, Solskjaer tried to tweak the midfield and brought in Fred in the place of Ander Hererra, but the Brazilian played did not impress and was the weak link in the United midfield against Huddersfield, so the manager substituted him and brought on the Spaniard, Ander Hererra into the game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set up his Manchester United team to dominate their opponents in games by ensuring balance and stability in his midfield thereby making Manchester United the once feared team in English football. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making Manchester United great again.
4. Free roles and freedom to play
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has allowed his midfielders and attacking talents to play and attack opposition with more freedom and purpose. Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, Paul Pogba has become the center on which the team revolves around and the French midfielder has enjoyed a very flexible work routine and now has the freedom to exert his influence and authority in the matches unlike previously under Jose Mourinho where he has to always defend and keep a rigid shape in midfield.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have also enjoyed more freedom to attack now as they no longer have to fall back to defend all the time instead of concentrating the energy in attacking the opposition team. This freedom has enabled Martial to be more effective up front and has enabled Rashford to find his goalscoring form having netted 5 goals and provided 1 assist in the last 6 matches in the Premier League.
Solskjaer’s decision to give his forward players more freedom to attack the opposing team has directly resulted in Manchester United winning all the 8 games since he was appointed as manager. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making Manchester United great again.
5. Attack! Attack!! Attack!!! Bring back the attacking style of football
The primary reason why Manchester United have won all the 7 matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been because of playing in the traditional Manchester United attacking style of play.
The 45-year old Norwegian manager has brought back the attacking style of football that Manchester United was traditionally known for. Manchester United has been fearless in going forward to attack teams and has not cowered in their desire to attack even when they play away from Old Trafford.
Gone are the days when Manchester United play with 5 defenders and a crowded midfield like we used to see every week under Jose Mourinho.
Playing attacking football and Solskjaer’s adherence to Manchester United’s style of football has hugely paid off and that is why Manchester United has been in terrific form of late under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have won 8 all matches in a row. Surely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making Manchester United great again.
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