Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the Red Devils playing attacking and impressive football, with his side dominating each and every aspect of the game throughout 90 minutes.
The Norwegian’s brilliant philosophy surely made its mark on the players, with even club legend Wayne Rooney highlighting the team’s offensive approach, and the full-backs’ roles in making things tick.
“I think it felt very different. Obviously the scoreline being 3-1 makes it feel a lot better and makes feel you great. Everyone’s happy,” said Rooney.
The Englishman added: “But I think the big difference are the two full-backs – Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. In particular, Ashley Young.
“The positions they’re taking up when United have the ball is something you’ve never seen under Mourinho. I just think the overall attitude and the way they’ve taken directions has been fantastic.”
Further, RMC Sport journalist Sebastien Champuis added to Rooney’s claims, by offering a detailed explanation of Manchester United‘s game-play at the Cardiff City stadium.
Champius sent out a brief tweet, which read: “Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Wide rotation to play out: ball side midfielder pushes forward with winger dropping to collect.
Solskjær's Manchester United
Wide rotation to play out: ball side midfielder pushes forward with winger dropping to collect
With Mourinho, ball side midfielder dropped in to allow fullback to push on. Winger was meant to be found behind the lines
Explaining tactics simply. pic.twitter.com/0f5tLTFZcX
— Sébastien (@SebC__) December 22, 2018
“With Mourinho, ball side midfielder dropped in to allow full-back to push on. Winger was meant to be found behind the lines. Explaining tactics simply.”