Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken a shot at his predecessor Jose Mourinho, claiming the club should always try and play attacking football.
The Norwegian is in charge until the end of the season, having stepped in after Mourinho was sacked last month and he has made a superb start to life at Old Trafford.
Already a legendary player, Solskjaer was originally brought in to steady the ship and reconnect the fans and players. Reports of Mourinho’s final few months at the helm made his reign appear toxic, but six wins from six, including on Sunday against Tottenham in what was dubbed his first real test, has seen the clamour for Solskjaer to be given the job permanently.
He has shown just how much he understands the club since returning, and he indirectly took aim at Mourinho, who was famed for his defensive approach.
“That’s what Manchester United are built around – attacking football and going forward. Not stupid square and back passes,” the 45-year-old is quoted in the Mirror.
Reports now suggest he is favourite to be in charge next season, ahead of the man he beat at the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino. He certainly has reinvigorated the squad, with records being broken and players such as Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and particularly Paul Pogba, playing to their full potential. Champions League football seemed out of the question with an 11-point gap to the top four when Mourinho left, but with Chelsea sitting just six points ahead of them, the race could be back on again.
It was suggested that United agreed a compensation package with Solskjaer’s current employers Molde when he arrived, so it could be that he is edging closer to taking the job full time. But Pochettino still remains the wider favourite with most pundits after the work he has done with Spurs, despite never winning a trophy in his managerial career to date.
Solskjaer won’t be thinking much about next season, though, as he looks to finish this year strongly. His side will be expected to make it seven wins on the bounce against Brighton on Saturday at Old Trafford, and it seems the ghost of Mourinho has been exercised.