Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is using a clever tactic to breed positivity in the Man Utd squad

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It's all smiles at the moment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

Perhaps a surprising appointment after the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho, the club legend has been tasked with steadying the ship ahead of a major replacement in the summer.

Many pundits have suggested that Solskjaer simply can't lose and while that might well be the case, he's making sure the Red Devils are taking things very seriously under his tenure.

United are already playing a more positive brand of football and the new regime was apparent from the start with Cardiff City being dismissed in an emphatic 5-1 victory.

Then, on Solskjaer's emotional return to Old Trafford, the club got another three points under their belt with a convincing 3-1 win over struggling Huddersfield Town.

Positivity at Man Utd

Nevertheless, it's still early days and future games with Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will really test the club's chances.

For the time being, though, supporters are simply enjoying the change in ambience and are hopeful more emphatic victories will arrive in the upcoming clashes with Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

Solskjaer will be wanting to maintain the current level of positivity through the Christmas period and it seems he's deploying a number of tactics to get the dressing room onside.


Solskjaer's dressing room tactic

A report by the Telegraph has shed new light on the atmosphere at United, addressing everything from the future of Paul Pogba to who the club want to mould the next few years around.

However, one of the most interesting comments regards how Solskjaer is trying to rid the Mourinho negativity from the dressing room and better engage with his players.

The report reads: "In the meantime, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been making a point of speaking individually with as many players as possible as he bids to interject some positivity into a dressing room that had become tired of being publicly castigated by Mourinho.

"Solskjaer said Pogba had particularly enjoyed those discussions – the pair already knew each other from the Norwegian’s time working with the academy and reserves – and wants the player to enjoy his football as much as possible."

It's so simple, but so effective.

The United squad must have felt incredibly alienated under the Mourinho regime, particularly amid public criticisms, so this approach must feel like a breath of fresh air.

It just demonstrates to the players that Solskjaer has a genuine investment in how they're feeling, what concerns they might have and how they can improve going forward.

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Nobody is under any illusion that Solskjaer is the best tactical coach in the world nor the most experienced, but he's proving himself to be a superb man-manager.

And arriving at a club that had become so distanced from their coach, Solskjaer will go a long way by encouraging unity in the dressing room and making himself easy to talk to.

So far, he's absolutely smashing it.

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