Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed for fixing problem that Jose Mourinho created

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Former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has pinpointed where he believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the biggest change from Jose Mourinho’s time in charge. Mourinho spent two-and-a-half years at United with fans hoping the legendary Portugese coach would be the man to push the club back up to the top of the Premier League.

He would go on to lead them to glory in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, but could only manage sixth in the top flight.

United were the best of the rest the following season as rivals Manchester City made history by winning the league with 100 points.

Despite their improvements in the league, Mourinho was often criticised by fans for his defensive tactics and lack of free-flowing attacking football.

He also fell out with a number of players during his time in charge, most notably Paul Pogba in the final few months of Mourinho’s tenure.

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Luke Shaw was also a player targeted by Mourinho with the former United boss often calling the full-back out in the media.

But fast forward two years under Solskjaer and United now look a very different unit as a whole.

Both Pogba and Shaw were standout performers in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool at the weekend.

When United signed Alex Telles in the summer, it was seen as a direct challenge to Shaw’s place in the starting line-up.


However, Shaw has thrived under the challenge and has played a huge role in United’s impressive 13-match unbeaten run.

And Meulensteen believes Solskjaer’s softer approach to player management is a huge reason for Shaw’s upturn in form.

“I think managers should never really publicly discuss players, never mind criticising them,” he said on Stadium Astro.

“Every human being performs far better if they get praised and if they get support.

“Every player does sometimes go through some bad spells, but you as a manager and coaching staff are there to help him and make him see the areas on how he should improve.

“It’s easy to criticise people, but the manager and the staff have an obligation to improve those players.

“I’m 100 per cent sure that Ole’s management style has been completely different than Jose’s for sure, because Ole would never criticise players in public and he feels and he makes every player in his squad important.

“But there are certain parameters within that squad of Manchester United because Ole is very clear about what United players should be and what they should live up to.”

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