How Ryan Giggs And Roy Keane Have Helped Solskjaer At Man United

Roy Keane celebrates scoring with Ryan Giggs (L), John O'Shea (2nd L) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R) in their Premier League soccer match.

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Man United are a draw or win at Burnley away from reaching the top of the Premier League table after 17 games for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

Their playing style under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the moment is also the closest they’ve come to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.

However, even the current season didn’t start in a rosy manner at the Theatre of Dreams, as they opened the league campaign with a loss against Crystal Palace. Defeats against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the following weeks led to calls of the Norwegian’s sacking by some pundits and fans alike.

Nonetheless, the Red Devils have bounced back in a typical United style under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson’s protégé. They are unbeaten in their last 10 league games, and sit above Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on the league table.

The 1999 Champions League hero’s decision to stick to the principles of the old United is finally working. The playing style isn’t the only thing of past that Solskjaer has been trying to inculcate at Old Trafford in recent times, but also the frame of mind part of the game. In that regard, he has taken some help from his former teammates to make his players more familiar with those ideas.

As per The Athletic, he welcomed Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs at Carrington to give advice to players and create a family atmosphere at the club’s training ground.

The current crop of United players will be wise to learn as much as they can from these meetings as there aren’t many figures with more experience and trophies to show for than these two true legends of the game, and considering how much Keane emphasis on the impact of mentality on results during his punditry duties, it must be good to get lessons from the former club captain first-hand.