Solskjær: from super sub to rejuvenator of Manchester United
Even the most ardent fans of Manchester United football club probably did not think that after sacking the experienced former manager, José Mourinho, that Ole Gunnar Solskjær could make a profound impact at United. The club has, however, evolved under his short reign.
In Mourinho’s view, it is perhaps merely a transitory development, but in my opinion, “The Red Devils” needs this rejuvenation.
Manchester United is not only playing well, but they do not lose easily. Moreover, its players are by no means primadonnas or superstars; they are united as a team.
This renewed team spirit can be credited solely to Solskjær. In this article, I want to explore United’s development under “Sunny”. I suggest you do not miss this article.
Many United fans remember Solskjær best for his memorable goal in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Sir Alex Ferguson’s dream team will forever live on in the minds of football fans for their historic treble.
Solskjær was once the super sub of Manchester United, a player who rarely figured in the starting line-up, but often entered the fray as a substitute. He was, however, effective in most of those games, earning him the nickname “the baby faced assassin”.
Solskjær spent 11-years at the “Theatre of Dreams” as a player. Working together with a legendary manager such as Alex Ferguson, the rather inexperienced former youth team coach is now ready to bring The Red Devils to new heights.
Change of style under Solskjær
Manchester United’s style of play changed after the sacking of José Mourinho. The Portuguese believe in a defensive style of play – a result-oriented match plan – devoid of attraction. His defensive style reminds us of the Italian national team made (in)famous by Catenaccio.
Solskjær breaks fundamentally with that. Under the leadership of the Norwegian, the team is at least as good in the attack, as it is at defending.
The players also perform better – from Paul Pogba, who is the star of this edition of the Red Devils, through Jesse Lingard, Rashford and even Martial.
Also, after the departure of the favourite of “The Special One” – Marouane Fellaini – Herrera is back in a solidified squad, bolstering the midfield led by Matić.
Regardless of whether they end up among the top four teams this year or not, it should be a brilliant future for this brainy Norwegian manager. I wish success for Solskjær and Manchester United Football club in the years to come.
This article is written by our contributor, Ali Ashrafi, to be shared with the esteemed readers of Norway Today.© Ali Ashrafi / #Norway Today