Even the most optimistic Manchester United fan couldn’t have predicted the remarkable impact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made at Old Trafford after replacing Jose Mourinho last month.
The Norwegian coach, who played for the Red Devils between 1996-2007 and scored arguably the most famous goal in the club’s history during the 1999 Champions League final, has won his opening six games as United’s interim coach.
Morale inside the Old Trafford dressing room could hardly have been worse during Mourinho’s final days in charge, but Solskjaer has transformed the squad’s mood.
United suddenly look like United again. They’re playing fast, counter-attacking football for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure back in 2013.
And it’s paying dividends. United currently sit top of the Premier League form table and a top-four finish that looked out of the question several weeks ago is now a realistic goal.
Solskjaer’s men now find themselves level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and six points behind Chelsea in fourth.
One of Solskjaer’s six victories came in the FA Cup against Reading on January 5 - and one of the funniest moments from that match saw the Norwegian coach telling Alexis Sanchez, who had just been substituted, to get out of his seat in the dugout.
However, following an article published by The Sun on Wednesday, Sanchez’s faux pas now makes a little more sense.
You see, Jose Mourinho used to sit on a different seat in the dugout - so you can understand Sanchez’s confusion.
While Mourinho sat at the front of the dugout, with an unobstructed view of the pitch, Solskjaer sits in the back row behind all of the substitutes.
Man Utd fans have been discussing this on Reddit, and they believe it’s to keep a close eye on the subs - making sure they’re all paying attention on the game, just like Solskjaer used to when he was a player.
“I think it’s predominantly for a better view of the game like you suggest but maybe he’s also making sure the players on the bench are paying attention,” one fan wrote. “He always goes on about how, as a bench player, he used to watch the game so intently to find out how he could most hurt the opponent if he came on..?”
Another supporter added: “Sir Alex Ferguson always used to have this seating arrangement (as did most other United managers) so he's just learnt it from Fergie.”
It makes sense. Solskjaer clearly tries to emulate Ferguson as much as possible, down to the fine details, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he chooses to sit in the same seat as the legendary Scot.