Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first match resulted in 5-1 win. Matic reveals what the gaffer told before the match.
It seems the perfect start for Manchester United following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. For the first time in 5 years, the Red Devils managed to bag 5 goals in the Premier League. There were plenty of positives to be taken from the post Mourinho era. Nemanja Matic reveals what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Manchester United players before Cardiff match.
Nemanja Matic has revealed how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called on Manchester United to be more adventurous with the ball ahead of their 5-1 victory over Cardiff at the weekend. United’s interim boss struck a chord with his players, as they ran out 5-1 winners in south Wales. The Norwegian had an immediate impact after replacing Jose Mourinho on an interim basis. A dismal display at Liverpool last week led to United conceding over 30 shots on their goal, and ended with Mourinho’s dismissal. But against Cardiff, United looked reinvigorated. According to Matic, Solskjaer’s pre-match instructions were quite simple.
The former Chelsea man said, “He had only two days with us but we had a few meetings. He said we need to play more forward. To be more dangerous in attack, to run more, to compete with everything. And that’s exactly what we did today and we are happy because of that.” Matic’s comments tally with what Solskjaer himself had similarly declared after the victory over his former side. The former Molde said, “One of the things I talked about today is that a Manchester United team should never ever be outworked. [It] doesn’t matter what team you play, you should run more than them and then your skills will give you a chance of winning again. When you’ve got players like this with the quality they’re always going to create chances.”
It’s great to see a manager in five years telling Manchester United to attack the football. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought to bring attacking football to Manchester United. Ole, however, will not be carried away by this performance. He will make sure the seeds of attacking football is planted at Red Devils.