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Man United's improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been huge.

MEN name the six changes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made to turn around Man Utd's fortunes

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had the perfect start to life as Manchester United manager.

The Norwegian boss made it three wins from three with a convincing 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.

Paul Pogba continued his resurgence by opening the scoring with a first-half brace, while Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku also got their names on the scoresheet.

That means the Red Devils have now scored 12 times in the last three games.

They've also moved closer to the top four, now occupying sixth, eight points behind Chelsea in fourth.

It really has been a remarkable turn around under Solskjaer.

They look like a completely different team to the team that was struggling under Jose Mourinho.

But how exactly has Solskjaer managed to turn around United's fortunes?

The Manchester Evening News have named the six 'simple' changes Solskjaer has made which has brought about their transformation.

Mentality

The mentality has completely changed under Solskjaer.

He announced that he wanted his team to play 'the United way' upon arriving and that's exactly what he has done.

Under Mourinho, United were defensive and wanted to grind out results, while Solskjaer has given the players the confidence needed to express themselves.

This has helped get the best out of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Man United are flying under Solskjaer

Tactics

Mourinho tinkered his team a lot during his tenure, but Solskjaer has stuck with the same formula in his first three games.

Sticking with an attacking 4-4-2 formation, he's encouraged his full-backs to go forward while his centre-backs now bring the ball out from the back.

The defence is more solid now Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are protecting the back four, while the attacking players can now go forward knowing they won't be hit on the counter-attack.

Paul Pogba

Perhaps the most important change; Solskjaer is now getting the best out of the club's best player.

He's been giving the licence to move forward and doesn't have as much responsibility in defence.

Not only is this getting the best out of him, but Pogba is also helping get the best out of his teammates.

Paul Pogba is back to his best under Solskjaer

Marcus Rashford

Mourinho used Rashford both as a striker and a winger, while Solskjaer has kept faith in him to be his main striker.

Solskjaer is now looking for Rashford to get in behind the defence and, with the likes of Pogba providing him the service, United are now playing to Rashford's strengths.

Youngsters

Solskjaer has already integrated a few youngsters into his first team.

Angel Gomes got the opportunity to play against Huddersfield, while James Garner was part of the travelling squad to Cardiff.

MEN argue that with youngsters getting their chance, senior players are now raising their games to keep their places in the team.

Angel Gomes was given his chance to impress against Huddersfield

Mike Phelan

MEN describe Solskjaer's choice to bring back Phelan as a 'masterstroke'.

Solskjaer hasn't had the experience of managing a top club like United before, so bringing back Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant manager gave him the support and guidance he needed to be a success.

They say that Phelan has helped bring back some core 'Manchester United' principles, so his influence in turning around a under-performing squad should not be ignored.

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