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How Solskjaer has transformed Man Utd’s fortunes


Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain at the Aon Training Complex in Manchester, on Monday.
 MANCHESTER, Feb 11: When Manchester United were paired with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 draw in December there seemed likely to be only one winner.

United were stuck in a rut under the management of Jose Mourinho, while the French champions topped the toughest section of the group stages.

However, much has changed in the two months since. United go into Tuesday’s first leg at Old Trafford on a run of 10 wins and one draw since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Mourinho.

PSG will have to cope without the injured Neymar for both legs of the tie due to injury and Edinson Cavani is also missing.

AFP Sports looks at few things Solskjaer has changed to give United hope of making the quarterfinals for the first time in five years.

“To win games you need to pass it forward and run forward.”

The basics under Solskjaer may seem simple but they contrast sharply with Mourinho’s conservative approach that left a host of expensively assembled stars paralysed by fear of making mistakes.

The Norwegian spent more than a decade as a United player learning from Alex Ferguson and is trying to replicate the same aggressive, attacking approach ingrained in him by the Scot, who twice won the Champions League in charge at Old Trafford.

“It’s a winning identity, it’s a confident identity. We want to take risks. We want to go for the second, the third and the fourth goal because that’s just how we do things at Manchester United,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. – AFP

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