Former Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff, has hailed his former team mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was appointed last december to replace Jose Mourinho as United interim manager till the end of the season for his exploits so far.
Jordi Cruyff slightly took a swipe at Jose Mourinho affirming that with a claim that the interim boss Solskjaer “doesn’t put his ego before the interests of the club.”
Jose Mourinho was sacked following series of poor results. The last of them was the 3-1 loss to Liverpool in December.
The Portuguese tactician at the beginning of the season fell apart with the management after they refused to release money to get some of his transfer targets. Later on, Jose lost the dressing room after he publicly slated his players after a sloppy start to the season. Following the 2-2 draw with Southampton he labeled Paul Pogba a ”Virus”.
Solskjaer’s United’s Exploits
Solskjaer instantly restored United back to winning ways after a with 8 straight wins before the 2-2 draw against Bunley to set a managerial record at the Oldtrafford club as the first manager to win his firs eight competitive games incharge. With those wins United is back in contention for top four finish, and his former team-mate Cruyff believes that a change in personal approach has been key for the new manager.
“The most important thing was Ole never put his ego before the interests of the club,”he told The Times . I’m not supprised he is become a great coach.
He is a calm and stable guy, one who knew the philosophy of the club. Solskjaer spent 11 years at the club as a player, made 366 appearances, and scored 126 goals and winning 11 major trophies with man utd.
Normally, players who have been at the club understand the Philosophy. Using Pep Guardiola as instance, he was at Barcelona B, came to the Barca first team, knew what was needed and the results came. In Solskjar’s case he gave the players the freedom they deserve to express themselves on the field. Not saying provocative words to motivate the players, nor making controversies with the media to draw attention.
If you know united, you will understand that “United’s DNA is winning, attacking, playing the same home and away, no waiting for the opponent,” according to Cruyff. “It’s about fitting with a club’s DNA.
Manchester United’s February 2019 fixtures
United will face though challenges in the coming weeks after an away fixture with Fulham on 9th, feb. United faces PSG on the 12th, in the UEFA Champions League, before facing Chelsea on the 18th for the FA cup tie, then a league home and away fixtures against Liverpool and crystal palace on 24th and 27th respectively.