Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes a dig at the "Special One"
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side “are going places” after overhauling their squad over the past two windows. Ole said, “A lot needs to be changed” at Manchester United after Jose Mourinho left the club as he hit back at previous comments made by his predecessor.
Mourinho was sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018 and replaced by Solskjaer, who impressed during a caretaker stint and landed the job on a permanent basis three months later. The Portuguese, who is now at Spurs, claimed in September while working as a TV pundit that United were worse off than when he left the club.
Boosted by the January transfer window, Manchester United signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have hit form by stinging together an 11-match unbeaten run, including eight victories. Solskjaer was reminded of Mourinho’s remarks ahead of Sunday’s planned clash with Tottenham, which has now been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ole said, “I felt a lot needed to be changed. We’ve signed four players and lost quite a few and promoted from within, lots of youngsters. I don’t know how dramatic those changes have been. I don’t think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here."
"We needed certain pieces in the puzzle and they’ve worked. It’s not just about tactics, it’s about the players. I’ve got a great staff. I’ve got a philosophy I think is worthy of this club.”
United are fifth in the Premier League, into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and on the brink of reaching last eight of the Europa League. Solskjaer also told that he feels United are on the right track, a track they need to be on.
United’s form has been in stark contrast to that of Mourinho’s Spurs, who have lost five and drawn one of their last six games.
Injuries area concern for Jose’s side but Solskjaer has taken a clean swipe at the man he succeeded at United. When reminded about the absence of the in-form Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, Ole said, “yeah, but I don’t talk about those two, do I?”
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