Gary Neville: What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed at Man United

The Man United legend opens up about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's positive impact at Old Trafford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Photo: Screen grab

Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has restored “happiness” at Manchester United following his appointment last month.

The former Red Devils striker was handed the challenge of taking over the reins of Manchester United until the end of the current Premier League season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month.

Solskjaer’s side were 2-0 winners against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night to extend their winning run to four games in the Premier League.

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed a 2-0 win to leave Manchester United within six points of fourth-placed Chelsea FC in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

Manchester United have beaten Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle in their opening four Premier League games under their interim manager.

Next up is a trip to Tottenham Hotspur in Solskjaer’s first real test as Manchester United boss on Sunday 13 January.

Former Manchester United defender Neville opened up about Solskjaer’s positive impact on the Red Devils team.

“What Ole’s done is get everyone happy,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“The connection with the fans is obvious. He’s obviously connected with the players in the first few weeks. The performance levels have been a lot higher. The happiness is a lot higher.

“I think it was needed all around. Jose looked completely unhappy with what had happened – I think he had been undermined in the summer. And inevitably when that happens, the manager ends up losing his job.”

Manchester United are in a position to challenge Chelsea FC and Arsenal for the final top-four spot despite Mourinho leaving the Red Devils in sixth place and 11 points adrift of the Champions League spots.

The Red Devils will take on Ligue 1 leaders PSG in the Champions League round of 16 next month.

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