Why Solskjaer Has Ordered De Gea To Do Extra Training Sessions

Manchester United's David de Gea looks dejected.

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Much has been said of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial style ever since he took over the reins of Manchester United.

What has been evident from the get-go is that the Norwegian gaffer relies heavily on pre-game training to determine what goes on the pitch on match-day.

This reliance on practice and perfection was made crystal-clear by the eagerness with which Solskjaer awaited the pre-season break to commence when things began to get sour at the end of last campaign.

Their opening day victory against Chelsea certainly pointed to a successful training regime as the lineup was, for the most part, a dynamic and disciplined unit.

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Now, Solskjaer is targeting a specific player in order to improve the club’s approach even further.

According to the Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put David De Gea through extra training to improve his footwork and consequently aid the side’s ability to build play from the back.

The outlet cites an Old Trafford source to have stated: “He (De Gea) has been training exclusively with his feet, at least half-an-hour at a time. The coaches have him fired repeatedly with ball returns under pressure with various passing options.

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“They are also doing it because of the recent new rule changes of allowing two defenders inside the penalty area at goal kick. He has been clipping balls beyond the 18-yard box and into the full-backs and has worked well so far.”

This measure is in line with the high-press that United have been religiously pursuing since the pre-season tour.

Further, with Harry Maguire’s impeccable ability to play the ball and function as a conduit-presence to the midfield, a confident and ball-happy De Gea will only further United’s attractive style of play.

It is obvious that Solskjaer is eyeing a long-term rebuild at the club and as of such, it is crucial that supporters get behind him even when things go sour this season, as they are bound to.