Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | The hero Manchester United desperately needed

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | The hero Manchester United desperately needed

Manchester United have been a breath of fresh air under caretaker Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager has had a 100% record in 8 straight games.


Following an extremely impressive performance last night against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Manchester United ripped Arsenal apart in a dominant 3-1 victory to advance to the FA Cup 5th round. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has really made an impact and has exceeded all expectations to give United fans a new vein of hope.

Solskjaer has really turned things around at Manchester United, 8 wins on the trot since his appointment and United fans and the players couldn’t be happier. A lot of fans and pundits were connecting Solskjaer’s success at the Club to the relatively simple fixtures that United had to face Cardiff City, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading as opponents when Solskjaer started out. In all honesty, these are relatively easy fixtures and didn’t test United as much but at the same time, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United may have succumbed to any of the above-mentioned teams.

Mourinho had brought so much negativity and unpredictability to the Club that had affected the whole aura of Manchester United. Mourinho had basically turned into a whining child who couldn’t get results himself so he blamed it on everyone around him. Ever since Solskjaer has been appointed everything Mourinho was unable to achieve suddenly seemed possible. Paul Pogba was being criticized by not only Jose but by everyone for being an ineffective player who isn’t even trying to play well for his team, ever since Solskjaer has arrived Pogba has looked rejuvenated and determined, scoring 5 goals in six appearances under his new manager.

But the one significant change Solskjaer’s United team has to be their approach to games. He has successfully bought the “Manchester United way of Football” back to the forefront and whether you’re a Manchester United fan or not, you will appreciate this welcome return. United under Sir Alex Ferguson were renowned for their attractive and never say die style of Football that truly made them the biggest Club in England. We are seeing glimpses of that approach over the last few weeks and their performances against Tottenham Hotspur and now Arsenal have proved that United can perform against the top 6 sides while retaining their attractive style of Football.

The whole team seems to have gotten a lift of some sorts, a surge of determination that is taking them places. United’s next big test would be against PSG on the 13th of February in UEFA Champions League Round of 16. If United can pull off a result against the Parisians Solskjaer would deserve all the praise in the world for turning things around at a CLub embroiled in turmoil.

‘I Was Not Surprised’ – Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Backs Jose Mourinho’s Dismissal

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Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, has revealed that he was not shocked by Manchester United’s decision to sack under-fire manager, Jose Mourinho. 


The Old Trafford outfit relieved Jose Mourinho of his responsibilities, last month, amid disappointing results and claims of multiple dressing room fallouts. Former Manchester United forward, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in as his temporary replacement and has overseen a massive overhaul of mentality and performance.

Since taking over from the Portuguese manager, the Norwegian has led the Red Devils to six consecutive Premier League wins and success in the third round of the FA Cup. Thanks to Solskjaer’s tireless work, United find themselves level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and only three points behind fourth-placed, Chelsea.

Unai Emery has hailed the commendable work Solskjaer has done at United and backed the United board’s decision to sack Mourinho.

When asked about the decision to axe Mourinho, head coach Unai Emery, as quoted by Goal, told reporters:

“I was not surprised because I think they can win with normality.”

“This team is with big players, who want to win the Premier League. This is normal. They can be in the position to win the league, but the reality is they have lost a lot of points this season.”

“But now, they are very dangerous and in a good moment. Now, this team is different. I don’t know why. But this team is different and they are playing with more confidence,” he concluded.

The Spaniard then talked about former Arsenal star, Alexis Sanchez, revealing how close he was to signing the player during his time as Paris Saint-Germain boss.

The Chile international has struggled to make the desired impact since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal as part of an exchange deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, last January.

Also Read: One Year Later: Alexis Sanchez vs Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Hindered by niggling injuries, he has only managed to score 4 goals for the Red Devils over the course of the last 12 months. He may not look like a world beater anymore, but Emery still has plenty of respect for the Chilean.

Asked if he tried to sign the former Barcelona forward, the Spaniard, as quoted by Sky Sports, replied:

“Yes. He is a very good player and, when I was at PSG, we thought he could help him.”

“We spoke about a lot of players, about a lot of important players, and one was the possibility of Alexis. But it was not possible.”

“I respect him,” Emery added.

“In my preparations, every player is (prepared in) playing against the best players from Manchester United and one is Alexis Sanchez.”

“I don’t know why his performances or quality is better or worse in these circumstances. Now, in the last matches, they are playing very, very well with very big performances.

“He’s been starting on the bench after an injury, but, if he plays Friday, we need to work to stop him because he is a very good player,” he concluded.

Arsenal’s next outing sees them welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

‘I’ve had Three Job Offers and I don’t Park the Bus’ – Jose Mourinho Explosive as Ever in Latest Interview

'I've had Three Job Offers and I don't Park the Bus' - Jose Mourinho Explosive as Ever in Latest Interview

Former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho claims he has turned down three job offers since being sacked and has rejected criticism of the Red Devils’ playing style. 


The 55-year-old could not help his side live up to the billing and oversaw Manchester United’s worst ever start in the Premier League era. The board eventually grew tired of the string of disappointing results, dressing room bust-ups, and explosive press conferences, and relieved the Portuguese manager of his responsibilities in December.

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, recently asserted that no manager should be allowed to shape their own philosophy at Old Trafford again – a statement Mourinho hasn’t received graciously.

“Gary Neville doesn’t know my philosophy,” Mourinho told Bein Sports, as quoted by BBC.

“My philosophy depends. I would love to go to a club and have [the same] conditions that [Liverpool boss] Jurgen Klopp and [Manchester City manager] Pep Guardiola did.

“I refused already three jobs because I didn’t feel it was what I want.”

Also Read: 5 most volatile reaction by Mou

It is understood that Mourinho has a non-disclosure agreement with Manchester United, meaning that he is not allowed to talk about his dismissal. Yet, he spoke on a range of topics, as candid as ever.

He revealed how one Manchester United player requested not to be criticized in training.

“Recently, when I was coaching one player he told me and he was very polite, ‘please when you criticize me can you do it in private’,” he said.

“I told him why? ‘Because of my stature, in front of the other players when you criticize me I don’t feel comfortable’.”

“Nowadays you have to be very smart in the way you read your players, and try to create the best situation.”

He drew a contrast with one of his favorite players, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, with who he won two Premier Leagues.

“With Drogba, he is the kind of player that the more pressure from the manager, the more quality in his performance,” Mourinho added.

“There are some players where if you squeeze them they answer in the best way.

“There are other mentalities and personalities and the reaction is not the best. They were brought up in a different way, an easier social life, coming to the top level of football, everything came too easy to them.”

“Some of them they don’t react in the same way. Certain moments, some strong public words, some of them have some risk.”

Throughout his career, Mourinho has faced criticism for playing ‘negative football.’ The former Real Madrid manager, however, insisted that his philosophy depended on the teams he was in charge of.

He cited the style of play during his first stint at Chelsea and said: “You know when the [parking the bus] reputation started?”

“It was when I was champions with Real Madrid with 100 points and 106 goals – the record of Spanish football.”

Next, he talked about Premier League frontrunners, Liverpool and Manchester City, claiming he was not as ‘well supported’ as Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp.

He said: “At Man City in the first season Guardiola was not a champion. In the second season, Pep made great decisions but those that were supported. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs and bought four backs.”

“At Liverpool how many players were there before Jurgen Klopp arrived? If you are a manager and you [are able] to choose the players to follow your idea, that’s one thing. The other thing is when you are not able to do that.”

Finally, he recalled a funny incident in 2005, during his first spell at Chelsea. Mourinho confirmed he had hidden in a laundry basket for Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich after drawing a two-game touchline ban.

“I need to be with my players and I did it yeah,” he said.

“I go to the dressing room during the day so I was there from midday and the game is seven o’clock. I just want to be in the dressing room when the players arrive. I went there and nobody saw me. The problem was to leave after. And the kit man put me in the basket. It was a little bit open so I could breathe.”

“But when he was taking it outside the dressing room, the Uefa guys were following and desperate to find me so he closed the box and I couldn’t breathe. When he opened the box I was dying,” he concluded.

“It’s about Finding the Right Balance” – Jose Mourinho Gives Pointers to Get the Most out of Mesut Ozil

"It’s about Finding the Right Balance" - Jose Mourinho Gives Pointers to Get the Most out of Mesut Ozil

Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has asked Arsenal to strike ‘the perfect balance’ with Mesut Ozil, insisting that neither a very stringent nor a lenient approach is likely to work on the former Germany international. 


The gifted playmaker is reportedly frustrated by lack of football and is contemplating moving away from the Emirates stadium.

Ozil has struggled for minutes since Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the 2017/18 season. He was fit to feature in 18 out of 23 Premier League games, this season, but was granted a place in the starting XI in only 12 of them.

The German was once again left on the bench in Arsenal’s crucial 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday, adding more fuel to the already raging speculations.

Unai Emery’s system is based on aggression and tireless leg work right until the final whistle, which doesn’t fall in line Ozil’s sophisticated and often lazy brilliance. Despite his shortcomings, Gunners still could benefit from Mesut Ozil’s unmatched creativity. And Mourinho, who worked closely with the playmaker at Real Madrid, has offered some pointers to get the most out of 30-year-old.

Also Read: 5 most volatile reactions by Mourinho

“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ Mourinho explained on beIN Sports.

“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.

“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.

“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.

“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs the both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.

“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”

After watching helplessly from the bench, Ozil congratulated his team-mates for getting a solid 2-0 win over their crosstown rivals and moving within three points of fourth-placed, Chelsea.

“Congratulations to the whole team tonight 🙌🏼,” posted Ozil.

“Well played, Gunners 👍🏼”

Hector Bellerin had to be stretchered off the field in the second half with a suspected knee ligament injury. Arsenal later confirmed that the injury didn’t look very positive, and could rule the Spaniard out for a significant time.

The World Cup winner wished the right-back a speedy recovery.

“Wishing a speedy recovery to @hectorbellerin,” added Ozil.

The Gunners’ next outing sees them host Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

I didn’t sell Mohamed Salah – I fell in love with that kid, reveals Jose Mourinho

I didn't sell Mohamed Salah – I fell in love with that kid, reveals Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has banished claims he mishandled Mohamed Salah during their time together at Chelsea, saying he “fell in love” with him when he played for Basel and he didn’t push the Blues management to sell the Egyptian footballer. 


In 2014, Mohamed Salah was bought by Chelsea from Swiss club Basel. The Blues were then coached by Jose Mourinho. Coming to Stamford Bridge, Salah failed to show his true potential after only appearing 19 times with two goals and four assists. The Egyptian player lost the race to Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle, and Eden Hazard.

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Salah was subsequently loaned to Fiorentina, then sold to Roma in the summer of 2016. After a strong season in Italy, he joined Liverpool and has gone to score 61 goals in 82 appearances on Merseyside, becoming one of the world’s deadliest attackers. Since he shined, Mourinho’s name was repeatedly carried around. The manager is considered unable to maximize Salah and then releasing him.

Also Read: Top 5 reaction by Mou

“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good,” he told.
“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.”

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Not many thought Salah would shine brightly with the Reds by registering 44 goals in all competitions on his debut season. This season Salah’s performance is still flashy. He has recorded 14 goals in the Premier League and led the top scorer standings with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane, and that is making Chelsea’s decision to sell him all the more difficult for the club’s fans to swallow.

Also Read: 5 reasons why Mourinho failed at United

Mourinho added, “Lots of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me with the coach that sold Salah; I am the coach that bought Salah. It’s completely the wrong idea.
“I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team, I analyze the team and the players for quite a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid.
“I pushed the club to buy him and, at the time, we already had fantastic attacking players – [Eden] Hazard, Willian – we had top talent there. But I told [Chelsea] to buy that kid.
“He was more a winger coming inside more than a striker like he is now.”

5 reasons why the ‘Special One’ failed at Old Trafford

5 reasons why the 'Special One' failed at Old Trafford

English giants Manchester United fired Jose Mourinho last December following the club’s worst ever Premier League start. 


The club detached all its ties with the Portuguese boss, after their 1-3 defeat at Anfield against arch-rivals Liverpool. Though this termination came immediately after this huge loss, the fact is, his team were a long way away from their best on the pitch. Here are the five important reasons that highlight why the ‘Special One’ failed at the Old Trafford.

Poor man management

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Instead of injecting new skills and thrills, Mourinho’s presence at the Old Trafford actually reduced the so-called ‘talents’ possessed by each player. To be honest, the United squad is filled by many world-class players who have extraordinary skills and abilities. Unfortunately, this fact was ignored by Mourinho. Martial, Rashford, Pogba, Shaw, Lindelof, are some of the many players who failed to show their best potential, only because of the ‘outdated’ tactics that Mourinho used during his regime. In the end, United wanted its players not to end up failing in the future, then firing Mourinho became the only solution.

Also Read: 5 most volatile reactions by Jose Mourinho

Ineffective tactics

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Manchester United under Mourinho’s control was the opposite, when most of the teams in the Premier League began a transition towards an entertaining and indulgent style of play. The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach implemented slow and uninteresting defensive tactics. As a result, in almost every game, the players looked sluggish and with lack of enthusiasm, both when attacking and defending. Since Mourinho’s arrival, Man Utd’s playing failed to improve. Under Mourinho, it was utter difficult for United to get out from the bind of boring and ineffective tactics.

Freakish selections

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Mourinho’s team selection was almost unthinkable during his end days at Man Utd. One of the biggest example, came from the Manchester United match against Southampton. Against the 19th position team who only scored 10 goals in 13 matches, Mou chose to put up three central defenders. Worse yet, two of the three central defenders were midfielders, who should not have been placed there. Mourinho looked confused in determining the composition of the team in each match. He seemed to not know the best tactics or formations he had to apply to care about his team.

Lack of vision

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Man Utd under Jose Mourinho was in the worst season where each player seemed to have no vision to play at all. Fans easily found out that United players looked very confused, without a plan and run out of ideas while in the field. The formations applied were also not well conceptualized, thus making the Red Devils consistently play poorly in each of their matches. As far as the eyes saw, the English giants failed to show any clarity while playing. Jose Mourinho’s defensive madness, really burdened the mental as well as moral of each player. As long as Mourinho was at the helm of Manchester United, it was difficult to see the team, to play more creative and attractive.

Behind in all aspect

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Man Utd’s performance in the transfer market has been very bad in recent years. The amount of investment spent by MU is also quite alarming. Many of the players Mourinho bought, ended up failing and failed to show the proper performance. United under Jose also looked like a team that does not have the fighting power to win three points against any team, good or bad. Because of lack of creativity and goals, the Red Devils became a team that was no longer frightening. Slowly but surely, MU began to lag behind other teams, on all sides. For this reason, the Manchester United management took the decision regarding Mourinho’s tenure at the Theater Of Dreams.

10 most controversial quotes by footballers and coaches

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“Let’s start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom,” reads a post on Frank Ribery’s Twitter account. “F*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and your whole family tree,” wrote the Bayern Munich star.


The French winger malfunctioned verbally and put a string of angry posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday aimed at those who had slammed him for eating the golden steak in a famous restaurant and uploading a video online. All across the globe, football is massively popular. In fact, it is the most popular sport worldwide. Almost half the population of the globe can be considered football fans.

 

Like Ribery’s outburst, we’ve created the following collection of controversial football quotes. Enjoy!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Pep Guardiola

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“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. [Pep] Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.”

 

Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger

“I think [Arsene Wenger] is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.”

 

Mario Balotelli on Jack Wilshere

“Jack who? No, I don’t know him but the next time I play against Arsenal I will keep a close eye on him. Perhaps I can show him the Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won it.”

 

Maradona to Argentine Media

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“To those who did not believe: now suck my d**k – I’m sorry ladies for my words – and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinian people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks.”

 

Roy Keane on Mick McCarthy

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“Who do you think you are having meetings about me? You were a crap player and you are a crap manager. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country and you’re not even Irish you English c***!”

 

Sir Alex Ferguson on Jose Mourinho

“I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach but then you’ve got to look at his personality. He’s got a marvelous, strong personality and that bridges that gap.”

“I remember his first press conference [at Chelsea, in 2004] and I thought: ‘Christ, he’s a cocky b******, him’. He was telling the players: ‘Look, I’m the special one, we don’t lose games.”

 

Arsene Wenger on Sir Alex Ferguson

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On Alex Ferguson’s claim that Manchester United were a better side than Arsenal in 2002: “Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.”

“I had very, very, very heated moments with Sir Alex Ferguson but today I am very happy to see him and we share a good glass of red wine.”

 

Paolo Di Canio on English Football

“Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages. After which the players take to the field, belching and farting. English football culture is one of pure, intense competition, and that’s why I have always preferred it to Italy.”

 

Wayne Rooney on Cristiano Ronaldo

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“In the time I’ve been playing with Ronnie, the one thing I’ve noticed about him is that he can’t walk past his reflection without admiring it, even if we’re about to play a game of football.”

George Best on Beckham

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“He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that, he’s all right.”

The possible destinations of Jose Mourinho after United exit

The possible destinations of Jose Mourinho after United exit

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have broken their contractual relationship after a few months full of controversy and with the team 19 points behind Liverpool and 11 from the Champions League zone. Now, the English club have to pay a record compensation to the Portuguese, that run out of equipment in the middle of the season. 


With this scenario, speculations about the new destination of the always controversial coach are inevitable. Some of the possibilities that gain more strength go through are the return of the Portuguese to one of his previous teams. The great stage experienced by Inter Milan with Mourinho in command and the footprint left in a Real Madrid adrift until his arrival could be the conditions for Mou to return to one of these two clubs in search of his best level in the benches.

 

Real Madrid: A door that never closed
Jose Mourinho was coach of Real Madrid for three seasons, from 2010 to 2013. His time in the white club was not far from the dream but Florentino Perez has not forgotten him. After the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui last October, and with the team breaking negative records, all the rumors pointed towards Jose and his possible return to the Spanish capital, with the help of Xabi Alonso. The multimillion-dollar compensation demanded by United distanced that possibility, which vanished when Madrid made official the continuity of Santiago Solari as the head of the team.
However, the results are only raising doubts about the continuity of the Argentine, who, despite having a contract until 2021, still looks like a mere formality. This, added to the hard hand that seems to need the white template before a more than obvious lack of attitude, could make Jose Mourinho return to the Bernabeu in summer.

 

Inter Milan: Go Back to the top
Inter Milan is another big European team that could seek his coaching because of their delicate situation. The Italians have taken a major disappointment to be eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League and Spalletti could have his days counted.
This has led to the name of Jose Mourinho resounding again between the stands of Giuseppe Meazza, a stadium in which the technician signed his best stage.
Mou arrived in Milan in June 2008, signing a contract for three seasons. Inter was proclaimed champion of the Supercup of Italy in 2008 against Roma and champion of Serie A 2008/09 with Mourinho.
But the next campaign would reach its peak, as Jose Mourinho won the treble with the Italian team in 2009/10 winning the Serie A Scudetto, the Coppa Italia, and the Champions League (eliminating Barcelona, who were the current champion).
Since his departure, Inter has hardly returned to have relevance in Europe, so the return of the Portuguese coach could mean the return to the elite of the club, as the coach himself.

 

PSG: The European Objective
The objective of the French team is to achieve the Champions League. Despite the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and a possible new league championship to win, the chances in Europe are further complicated by teams like Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona in the tournament. Therefore, in Paris, they are preparing for next year and the Portuguese coach can calmly be the man who needs this team to achieve what the Arab sheiks so much want.

 

Juventus: A reunion with Ronaldo

The future of Massimiliano Allegri is unknown. He was among Real Madrid’s plans in the summer, a possibility that seduced him enough to put his future in Juventus in doubt. While the chances are right to win his fifth consecutive league with the Vecchia Signora, he could see an exit in the next summer transfer in search of new challenges. There goes the name of Mourinho as a possible candidate.

Challenges ahead for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is no longer the coach of Manchester United. The Old Trafford side acted quickly and has already announced the substitute, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will lead the team on an interim basis until the end of the current season. 


There are some hefty challenges for Solskjaer and this United squad. Solskjaer has very little time ahead of Saturday’s league game against Cardiff to implement a system. The busy Christmas period, an unforgiving time for even the best teams, will be a test for this United side.

 

Also Read: Mourinho Sacked As Manchester United Manager: The Sunset Of The ‘Special One’

Who is Solskjaer?

Born in Kristiansund, Norway, Solskjaer is 45 and has been training Molde in Norway since 2015. The former striker was revealed by a team from his hometown of Clausenengen, for which he played 109 matches and scored 115 goals, taking an average of more than one goal per game.

Before arriving in England as a player, he played for Molde, in which he played for two seasons, maintaining a good goal average. Solskjaer landed at Old Trafford in 1996 and stayed in Manchester until 2007 when he retired.

At the time of his contract, for two and a half million euros, United wanted Alan Shearer, who was then hired by Newcastle United. Solskjaer was a stranger in England, but soon showed how important he would be for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. United’s eternal 20 Shirt was nicknamed “Baby-Face Killer,” because of his youthful appearance and his all-important goals at breakneck times. Having never been an absolute starter during his eleven seasons wearing United’s red shirt, the former Norwegian striker surprised by the number of goals and key interventions coming off the bench.

 

Past glorious, challenging present

With a strong presence in the past of the Red Devils, it is not difficult to see why Solskjaer was chosen to succeed Mourinho. The expectation, however, remains to know how the Norwegian will act in the face of an actuality filled with pending and emergency coordination to be made.

To do this, working and bringing back forgotten players and simply lying down – without hard explanations, most of the time – under Mourinho’s coma, should also be a priority for Ole.

It is not possible to stipulate how much Solskjaer will have power and influence in any indications of reinforcements for the winter window. It is essential, therefore, to act with what the caretaker already has at his disposal.

Paul Pogba puzzle

When France went on to win this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Paul Pogba was a leader. It seemed both on the track and through the garment clips from the documentary video, that followed the team. So why does he not look like that in Manchester United?

Over the autumn it became apparent that the relationship between Pogba and former manager Jose Mourinho became ever hotter. Pogba was deprived of the captain’s band, was no longer allowed to step in the interviews after fighting and was pushed out into the cold. When Manchester United needed to score against Liverpool last weekend, the player who was considered a creative force was still bolted to the bench.

Players’ confidence

Those who have followed Manchester United closely through the fall, describe a player group who is losing self-esteem. Mourinho’s confrontational leadership style, often in public, is pointed out as a central cause. That is why in Manchester it is said that an important reason for Solskjaer’s appointment was to “bring back the smiles”.

“The morale in the dressing room has been low because several of the players have had brutal criticism in recent years,” said one United leader.

“The whole team needs a mental lift. The potential of the team is much greater than what has been shown in this fall. It is Solskjaer’s job to bring this forward.”

Solskjaer, however, also has the ability to say clearly when it is needed. Erling Moe, the man who will lead Molde in Solskjaer’s absence, is among those who have pointed this out.

Also Read: 5 Coaches Who Could Be On The Hot Seat Of Manchester United Next Season

The other stars

It’s not just Pogba that at times has emerged as a shadow of himself. For example, Alexis Sanchez has had very little to show his worth since the move from Arsenal almost a year ago. In addition, starring Romelu Lukaku has had a heavy fall. Mourinho has had a fever with several of his biggest stars. The United management is now hoping that Solskjaer can help the club hold more of the stars.

David de Gea and Anthony Martial should have been skeptical to extend the contracts. The club had to trigger a clause to extend them to summer 2020, but the hope is that they under Solskjaer want to commit themselves for a longer period.

“That players like Pogba, Sanchez and Lukaku, players who have signed with too much money did not know if they had a future at the first team were a big problem,” said a British football journalist.

Now, to advance in the Champions League and at least to gain a place for European competition through the Premier League will be a consequence of how Solskjaer will act on what justifies hiring an interim, the ability to deal with emergencies.

5 coaches who could be on the hot seat of Manchester United next season

One of the most problematic jobs in European football has come to an end. After leading a Manchester United side, that was thumped by Liverpool at Anfield, 3-1, Jose Mourinho got fired. The Red Devils took too long to do that. The work of the Portuguese coach was not convincing. His victories did not delight anyone, and everyone knew the prospect of evolution was minimal. 


From falling out with Paul Pogba and bitterly criticizing most of his squad for producing timid performances and average-to-poor results, Mourinho’s tenure at United has been always shaky.

 

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After his sacking, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season. But here are five football coaches who are contenders to replace Mourinho permanently Jose at the Old Trafford.

 

Leonardo Jardim

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The 44-year-old Venezuelan has no club. After doing a great job for Monaco, the coach was a victim of the club’s dismemberment and was fired in October due to poor results. Jardim was responsible for the assembly of the French champions, which counted on the presence of Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, and Kylian Mbappe. Another important feature of Jardim is its ability to develop young talents. The commander is responsible for “revealing” Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and other big names. In Manchester United, a team that has countless talents needing to make a bigger leap in their respective careers, Leonardo Jardim can be a key player in this.

 

Roberto Martinez

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The 45-year-old Spaniard is one of the world’s great football strategists. Currently, with the Belgian national team, the captain was a key player in the elimination of Brazil in the last World Cup. Roberto Martinez is also an offensive coach. However, the commander knows how to “play the game”. He has as one of its main characteristics the facility in neutralizing the adversary. In addition to being an offensive coach and strategist, Martinez also knows the Premier League. The Spaniard spent 3 years at Everton and did a reasonable job, considering that the Toffies did not have a great cast.

 

Laurent Blanc

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“I’m waiting for a good project, with a club with ambition”. In a recent interview, Laurent Blanc said that he is missing the adrenaline of the bench for several months. With the departure of Mourinho, the “President” could find the pleasure of training in a club that has ambition. As a player from 2001 to 2003, he ended his career and left a good impression. If Laurent Blanc has proven himself in France, he still won the title of champion of France with Bordeaux and achieved three exceptional seasons at PSG.

 

Antonio Conte

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The 49-year-old Italian is one of the most troublesome figures in the world, and that aggravated after his departure from Chelsea, where the coach won the Premier League and the FA Cup in two seasons but was marked by the disagreement with the players. The technical and tactical quality of Antonio Conte is indisputable. He was the winner anywhere he went. The big problem is in the relationship with the footballer.

 

Zinedine Zidane

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Undoubtedly, he is the greatest desire of Manchester United fans. The coach who has won everything for Real Madrid is the dream of fans since his departure from the Spanish team. Zidane has the profile that Manchester United dreams of – a winning coach, offensive and with massive support of the fans. In theory, hiring Zidane would not be difficult, since it is Manchester United making the invitation. However, disorganization of the board and lack of autonomy in hiring may end up weighing on a future refusal on the part of the coach.