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Solskjaer talks about the brand of football that his side should play

Manchester United have been in brilliant form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have won all four games that he has overseen

The Red Devils currently occupy the 6th position with 38 points after 21 games. They are just 6 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and their transformation under Solskjaer has been astonishing as they were 11 points behind the Blues when Solskjaer was handed the reins. It looked like United were out of contention for a top four finish, but 12 points in their last 4 games have bolstered their chances and they are very much in the running for qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League competition. Ahead of his side’s FA Cup game against Reading, Solskjaer talked about the kind of football he wanted his side to play,

“Pace and power. Man United, that’s what we are! When you have players like we have with the pace of Paul [Pogba], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Romelu [Lukaku], [Marcus] Rashford… that’s how we played with Andy, Yorkie, with Giggsy and Becks down the sides, you attack quickly when you can,” Solskjaer told reporters.

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“And that’s my philosophy as well. If you look at my Molde team, in the years I’ve had them that’s always been how I like to play football: get the ball into their half as quick as you can, if you score fantastic, if not then you’ve got to have patient build-up play.”

“No one had to tell me I had loads of talented players, I could see that from outside.”

“We didn’t speak too much [with the board] about what’s been going on, to be honest. It was about what you can do to come back to the way we used to play, the way Man United are supposed to play.”

“That’s exciting football, and I think we are looking a little bit like we want to see them.”

Author’s take

There is no doubt that Solskjaer has had a huge impact not only on the field, but also inside the dressing room. Some players who looked very demotivated under Mourinho are now proving to be United’s most important ones. And if United are able to continue their current form, it looks very likely that Solskjaer will be given a permanent contract at Old Trafford.

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