Solskjaer is Manchester United’s Perfect Fit


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lasted all of a year and a half in the Manchester United managerial position already, and it’s impossible to say that it has been a smooth ride thus far. Inheriting a squad full of other manager’s tactical approaches is challenge enough but getting disgruntled (and let’s face it, spoiled) fans on his side in a managerial capacity was always going to be the biggest challenge.

OGS came into this job as an interim appointment after the sacking of Jose Mourinho and Man Utd fans everywhere saw either their prized super sub, nicknamed ‘The Baby-faced Assassin’, or the manager that was relegated with Cardiff City in 2014. He wasn’t given much credibility coming into the job, and to this day, still gets undermined by the powers that be.

What isn’t talked about at all is how Solskjaer has been able to overhaul the squad and change the culture around the club over the course of the last 8-12 months. He’s cleared out figureheads at the club that were either on too much money or simply weren't good enough for the squad, and has instilled confidence in the club’s youth academy products that they can not only break into the first team, but also play a part in the club’s successes (see Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams, for starters).

OGS has slowly began to stamp his mark on this team and is building what looks like a legacy project that the likes of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson were able to do before him. He’s bringing through a solid crop of young players and integrating them into the squad with more senior players that have love and passion for the club and what it represents. Recent signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have shown exactly what having love and passion for your club looks like since they’ve arrived, and that kind of attitude will only have a positive effect on the younger players looking in.

Solskjaer has done a lot of good work in his time as Man Utd boss, and if you can look past the dodgy rough patch of results when he was still trying to work out which players belonged and which ones didn’t, you could say that so far, his time in charge has been an overwhelming success.

As a Man Utd fan myself, I can say with complete confidence that this is the most fun I’ve had watching my club since the days of Sir Alex solely because the 'feel good' factor is back. Every football fan wants their team to win games and trophies, but to see their players play with smiles on their faces and their hearts on their sleeves every week can sometimes feel just as good as winning games here and there.

Give me Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Jose Mourinho every day of the week these days, because while one is (still) considered a winner that will get your club trophies, the other will make me love watching a promising project unfold before my very eyes.

Solskjaer’s got me completely on his side. Hopefully more fans will see his work the way I do too.