5 things we learned from new Manchester United manager


The former Manchester United captain directed a tirade at the Old Trafford stars after the Portuguese boss was sacked on Tuesday before being replaced with interim boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer.

United parted ways with Mourinho on Monday and placed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in caretaker charge after the 55-year-old left the Red Devils languishing in sixth place in the Premier League.

Solskjaer sat down with United's media team for his first interview since taking over and having spent 11 years at the club as a player, he was naturally asked about he felt coming back.

However, Shaw's impressive displays at the start of this season saw him rewarded with a new five-year contract and glowing praise from Mourinho, who lauded his hard work and self-belief. "I'm sure he and Mike Phelan will make their philosophy and the way they'll play clear for us".

"We will get the players enjoying football and looking forward to seeing the supporters again", the club's legendary striker told MUTV. "I think it's the worst time you could play them".

"People said Mourinho has been falling out with players".

"So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he's matured now and I've seen him do it for France, so there's no reason why he can't do it for Man United".

"It is about getting every player to their very best, speaking to them on the training ground and getting your philosophy through".

Manchester United former manager Jose Mourinho leaves his hotel after being sacked
Manchester United former manager Jose Mourinho leaves his hotel after being sacked

The most obvious topic came up next and it was about Solskjaer's winning goal in stoppage time that won United the 1999 Champions League final and the club's only treble in the process.

"When you get a job like this and you sign for six months, you say "I'm happy to help out", Solskjaer added.

"The last game he had as a manager [ended] 5-5, that was nearly the flawless end for him as a manager and I want the players to be similar". What I think i can improve them on.

"No longer is there that sense of Manchester United being a barren land where you would not dream of sending your best player there".

"I know people say he's got a great team at Tottenham".

United's season is pretty much over, so it is not as if we are fighting for the title where higher levels of experience in the crucial situations would be needed.

Solskjaer is preparing his side to face Cardiff City on Saturday, a match that Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez appear likely to miss due to injury problems.

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