Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed Manchester United’s fortunes almost over-night as the Red Devils secured their sixth straight win in the league against Tottenham at Wembley. Jose Mourinho’s sacking saw the appointment of the Norwegian who becomes the first United manager ever to win his first six games.
The question is how has the man who’s last stint in the league saw him concede 42 goals in 18 games, managed to steady the seemingly sinking ship that was Manchester United?
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United the club has been constantly switching the man in the hotseat. David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all falling to achieve anything near what Ferguson was. Ex player Ryan Giggs being in a similar position to Solskjaer when he took over mid-season as interim.
As a player Solskjaer was no stranger to success playing in a Manchester United team that won various trophies, Premier Leagues and Champions Leagues included. The question remains can he produce as a first team coach.
The Norwegian has had an up and down managerial career. Beginning at Molde FK the ‘baby faced assassin is no stranger to being in-charge of a club he once played for. Scoring thirty-one goals in forty-two games was nearly as impressive as what Solskjaer achieved as manager of the club, guiding them to their first league title in over 100 years in his debut season.
It was this sort of performance in Norway that tempted Premier League newcomers Cardiff to appoint the former Manchester United front man in the January of 2014. A hugely unsuccessful reign would unfold. The Norwegian boasted a record of 18 games registering only 12 points for the bluebirds. Maintaining his job he would eventually lose his job nine games into the following season and return to coaching in Norway.
Fast forward to 2018 and as turmoil ensued following Jose Mourinhos Manchester United exit the Old Trafford faithful were treated to an almost off the bench appointment.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named manager until the end of the season and has got off to a flying start, a 5-1 victory over Cardiff signified the beginning of the era of Ole. Wins against Huddersfeild, Bournemouth and Newcastle followed. Along with an FA Cup win versus Reading and now a real marker being laid down with an away win at Tottenham last night.
So has the Norwegian now gone from an interim fix to a potential Jose successor. Speaking to ManUnitedZone a Manchester United fan page they said :
“Since Mourinho the whole mood at the club has lifted, from the fans, to the players, to the staff, Manchester United are playing like Manchester United.
Olé and Mike Phelan especially have brought back the football we all associate with Manchester United of old – fast attacking football and playing with no fear.
If we make top four and even win a trophy we should definitely keep him, but if not he would have laid the foundations for the next manager.”
It’s clear that many United fans feel Ole, as surprising as it is, may be the answer. He has managed to steady the ship for now and many players seem to be taking to the man who scored that famous Champions League winning goal. Ole being one who has done it all, it seems to inspire the current crop.
A very solid start then for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, only time will tell though if the Norwegian will become a permanent feature at Old Trafford. Solskjaer will look for his seventh straight win this Saturday when his side face Brighton at home.