Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to transform Manchester United during his first month as the club’s interim manager.
The mood inside the Old Trafford dressing room, by all accounts, couldn’t have been any worse towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
But Solskjaer has lifted morale and improved results to such an extent that he’s now reportedly the frontrunner to land the job on a permanent basis.
It was clear during United’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday - the team’s sixth straight win under Solskjaer since the Norwegian took the reins last month - that all the club’s stars are playing for him.
They’re carrying out his tactical instructions on the pitch and, just as importantly, working tirelessly for him.
However, Solskjaer’s arrival has left a handful of players struggling for minutes.
Former United captain Gary Neville said on commentary at Wembley that Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku were on the bench against Spurs because they “slow down attacks” and he’s absolutely right.
Solskjaer has brought lightning-quick counter-attacks back to Man Utd and the likes of Mata and Lukaku are less suited to this style of football compared to Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and co.
However, talkSPORT presenter Jim White has claimed that two other United players are in bigger trouble under Solskjaer and could even be sold before the January transfer window closes.
The Sky Sports News host, who has many journalistic connections in the game, has insider information that both Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay could be axed.
“It’s now become apparent Marouane Fellaini can go amid talk Solskjaer is unhappy with his attitude,” White said live on talkSPORT.
“It’s my understanding he could go in this window and so might Scott McTominay, but it’s clear that Fellaini, and specifically Fellaini, is on borrowed time.”
In truth, this will be music to the ears of United fans, many of whom have maintained that Fellaini isn’t good enough for Man Utd since he joined the Premier League giants from Everton in the summer of 2013.
Fellaini has made 177 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 22 goals, and has been a useful weapon for David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho - but Solskjaer, like much of the Old Trafford faithful, doesn’t appear to be a fan.
McTominay, meanwhile, always appeared to be the player Mourinho would use in order to prove a point.
For example, naming the Scottish midfielder as ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ last season - an award invented by the Portuguese coach - as a way of getting a message across to Paul Pogba and one or two others.
The 22-year-old is also yet to convince many United supporters.News Now - Sport News