What Solskjaer Said About Mourinho’s Tactics On His First Day As Man United Boss

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Having won all six of the games he has managed since taking over the interim role at Old Trafford, it is abundantly clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken Manchester United out of the troubles they were buried in by former boss Jose Mourinho.

The Norwegian tactician has got the right results, and he has done so by making his team play a beautiful attacking brand of football.

Solskjaer’s tactics have been the complete opposite of the approach used by the Portuguese, who urged his players to focus on defence rather than attack.

However, that very mentality was criticised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the first day of his temporary Manchester United stint.


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Former Red Devils’ striker Teddy Sheringham who, along with Solskjaer, helped the Mancunians complete THAT comeback in the 1999 Champions League final, interviewed his former strike partner on the first day of his interim tenure.

It was in this interview that Ole took a dig at Mourinho’s philosophy, labeling it are downright “stupid”.

When asked about the first changes he will instill in the star-studded squad, Solskjaer told Sheringham (via Mirror): “The first thing is to smile when you’re at Manchester United because when it’s over you do miss it.

“It’s about attacking, about pace, about power. I know we [nodding to Teddy] didn’t have the best of pace but we still attacked. That’s what Manchester United are built around – attacking football and going forward. Not stupid square and back passes.”