Smiling Solskjaer says United fans are the best in the world
If the Premier League season had begun the day Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, Manchester United would be top.
The Norwegian not only instantly transformed the team’s mood, but has managed to keep it going game-after-game.
Sunday’s win over Leicester City – his seventh in eight league games that have also included one draw – means Manchester United have won four more points than any other Premier League team since Solskjaer’s first game on Dec. 22.
No wonder the despondency felt by Manchester United fans. On Sunday, they serenaded him long and after the final whistle, Solskjaer repaid them with clenched fist and applause at the away end of the King Power stadium.
“They are the best in the world,” Solskjaer, 45, said of the fans, still smiling after the match.
“The players are making each other better,” Solskjaer said, asked about the transformation in Rashford and midfielder Paul Pogba, a scowling symbol of discord during the Mourinho era who is now creating goals at will.
This month, he faces severe tests against Paris St Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Premier League.
Should the unbeaten run continue through those fixtures, the Old Trafford hierarchy will be hard-pressed to say ‘Adios’.
REUTERS/Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne, editing by Pritha Sarkar