Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said any Manchester United player who isn’t on board with the team’s attacking identity is “at the wrong club”.
United have won nine out of 10 games across all competitions since Solskjaer was appointed interim manager in December.
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- United sacked Jose Mourinho, who is generally considered a defensive coach, in December, replacing him with Solskjaer.
- The Norwegian has transformed the fortunes of a number of players since arriving at Old Trafford, mostly in attack.
- By partnering Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic in central midfield, Solskjaer has permitted a newly-confident Paul Pogba to roam forward and influence games more effectively.
- Marcus Rashford also has a new lease of life after returning to his preferred role as a centre forward.
- United have scored three or more goals in two away games under Solskjaer, something they only managed once this season – against Young Boys – when Mourinho was in charge.
Solskjaer believes his ties to the club made it easy for him to come in and understand what was needed to transform United’s attacking fortunes.
“It is easier here because I know what the DNA and identity of Manchester United is and what a Manchester United player is,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
The former striker went on to explain what he meant by the “identity of Manchester United”, adding a warning to the players who aren’t buying into it.
He said: “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. If you can’t handle that then you are at the wrong club.”
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Solksjaer: Man Utd suits me more than Cardiff
Solksjaer acknowledges he learned harsh lessons during his only previous spell as a Premier League manager, during which he suffered relegation with Cardiff City.
The 45-year-old believes United are a better fit for him than a team battling against the drop because of his attacking ethos.
“This is a completely different club and situation to come into,” Solskjaer added. “I know the culture and identity of the club and the playing style.
“Manchester United, of course, suits me a lot more than a club that struggles towards the bottom of the table. I wasn’t ready for that fight. I didn’t say I wasn’t ready for the Premier League. That’s different.
“My belief is to trust players and to trust them to play the right way. To try to dominate teams, to try to win games the right way. To play the way that we do now with Manchester United.
“I should have flipped that mentality into a different one at a team that struggles against relegation if you know what I mean.”