Manchester United have not had a great time since legendary Manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Over 25 years of attacking, winning football with 38 trophies, it was always going to be a tough act to follow.
David Moyes was the handpicked choice of new boss from the retiring legendary manager, however, he failed spectacularly being sacked by the club 10 months in to a six year contract after dull performances and a 7th place Premier League finish. Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho brought some order back to the club winning the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa league, however, the boring brand of football did not please the home faithful meaning their times as Manchester United managers were short lived.
Former Man United legend Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer has taken the role as caretaker manager since Mourinho’s departure and the results have been phenomenal. 14 wins in 19 games, away wins to Chelsea, Spurs and PSG, United are hitting their heights again and Solsjkaer is a key factor to that.
Restoring the key principles within the club which seemed to depart with Ferguson is something Ole is fixing right away. Things like wearing suits on away days and bringing back Ferguson right hand man Mike Phelan have been instrumental to bringing the club back to its former self.
Nobody is saying United are fixed, they are very much still a work in progress with a big overhaul in transfers to come this Summer but there is no doubt Solsjkaer has made an instant impression on the board at Man United as he is now a shoe in for the Full-Time position and why not.
Man United have tried the old experienced manager and it has not worked. Boring, Defensive football is something United fans do not want to see at their ground and Solsjkaer has scrapped that. At home his United are playing fast attacking football and on the road the quick, counter attacking football is back. Solsjkaer is not afraid of big decisions too, dropping flat track bully Romelu Lukaku and putting Marcus Rashford up front was a huge beneficial decision as Rashford has repayed his manager’s faith with goals and assist. Bringing Mourinho outcast Paul Pogba back in and playing him more attacking has also benefited the United team in a big way.
Solsjkaer deserves his chance at the gig and with a full Summer of pre-season, selling and buying players, Solsjkaer could have a job for life if he keeps going the way he is. The atmosphere around the club and in the ground is electric right now as Ole barraged with chants game after game. The fans are certainly loving life under Solsjkaer.