FORMER SIR ALEX FERGUSON’S ASSISTANT EXPLAINS WHY SOLSKJAER HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL SINCE REPLACING MOURINHO

Manchester United have gone from strength to strength since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.

According to former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, it’s no coincidence that Solskjaer has turned the club’s fortunes around since replacing Mourinho.

Meulensteen, who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson for six years, believes Solskjaer has been successful because he knows Manchester United.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows Manchester United,” Meulensteen said, according to The Sun.

“He knows how big it is and he knows what it means to play in those big games. He’s won them for the club.

“After Sir Alex left, the link with what United always stood for was gone. Ole knows the club inside out, so he knows what it takes to link it back together.

“That’s why he’s got a big advantage over all the other managers. And it’s an advantage not to be underestimates.

“Without that knowledge, all those other managers start on the back foot. They want to push their own way through.

“Ole starts on the front foot because he wants to push the Manchester United way through. That’s the difference.

“So what you see with United now is: think forward, look forward, play forward, pass forward. And you see Ole gives players that element of freedom to express themselves.”