Manchester United have finally announced the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager – and here’s five reasons why the Red Devils’ hierarchy have gotten their choice absolutely spot-on.
He’s been in the door all of five minutes by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already re-writing Manchester United history with his seriously impressive run of results as interim boss.
United won nine successive away games for the first time in the club’s history under Solskjaer’s guidance, and he also equalled the Premier League record by winning his first six matches in charge, matching Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola at Man City.
Moreover, Solskjaer became the first United manager in history to win his first eight games in charge, and United have gone on to pick up 32 Premier League points since he took charge – more than any other top-flight side.
The romance in United’s history dictates that each manager needs to give as many opportunities to the club’s up-and-coming young players as possible, and nobody knows that better than Solskjaer.
In his opening three months as United interim boss, Solskjaer has already played a whopping NINE academy graduates, with the likes of Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira all playing significant roles.
Moreover, of the 40 goals United have scored under Solskjaer, 21 have been netted by players who have come through the club’s academy.
Competing with the Heavyweights
Solskjaer has reinvigorated United and once again made them competitive with the Premier League’s big boys. Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in December was a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool, but their form against the top-six has drastically improved since the Special One’s departure.
In fact, it’s the first time in 34 years that United have won away at Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in the same season – and all of those victories have come under Solskjaer.
United’s players have clearly taken to Solskjaer, and the Norwegian has been able to squeeze out more from his clearly talented squad.
In fact, since Solskjaer’s arrival, an impressive 12 different players have scored in competitive matches, with Lukaku, Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Lingard, Herrera, Pereira, Mata, Matic, Alexis, Young and Lindelof all bagging goals.
Solskjaer famously netted the last-gasp winner in the 1999 Champions League final and he seems to have helped United rediscover their uncanny ability to score crucial late goals.
So far, United have netted four injury-time goals under Ole in 12 weeks – including Marcus Rashford’s dramatic penalty against PSG in the Champions League.
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