How 'level-headed' Man Utd players view Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after five games in charge


Not many people would have predicted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would win all of his opening five games as Manchester United's interim manager.

And yet that's exactly what the baby-faced assassin has done by reintroducing an attacking brand of football and bringing happiness back to the players.

United look like a much tighter unit under Solskjaer than they were with Jose Mourinho in charge and that's reflected by the goals they've scored and conceded.

Sixteen goals for and just three against is marked improvement on the form that saw the Red Devils lose five of their opening 17 Premier League games.

United now have a manager who not only understands how the club operates, but also what it means to wear the badge - with pride.

Solskjaer's man management has been a revelation, too, because he actually communicates with his players and shows them the same respect that they show him.

The impact he's made since Mourinho's sacking was detailed by the Daily Mail's Adam Crafton earlier this week.

"It is a contrast to the Mourinho era, where communication was non-existent and big games daunted rather than excited the manager," wrote Crafton.

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"Every moment of praise for one player was perceived as a swipe by another. Solskjaer is honest, informing players why they are not playing, but warning them to be ready for an upcoming game.

Indeed, one source close to the club has apparently said: "It is very clear he (Solskjaer) is the manager. He is not pally-pally or hanging around with the players in the dressing room."

Solskjaer is clearly making a great impression at United and the report adds that some United players view him as a long-term option as manager.

However, more level-headed players at the club expect Solskjaer's reign to only be temporary because someone more experienced will take over in the summer.


"The consensus of the United dressing room is clear - the club is breathing again," Crafton's report adds. "Some have already spoken of Solskjaer as a long-term option.

"More level-headed players still expect the stirring simplicity of Solskjaer's reign to be short term and foresee a more experienced appointment such as Sunday's rival, Mauricio Pochettino."

It seems that United's recent upturn in form hasn't completely convinced some players that Solskjaer is the man for the job, but a lot can happen in five months.

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