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

Published Add your comment

Football News

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.

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League

"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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Jose Mourinho
Premier League
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again