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Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford highlights the one quality which sets Solskjaer apart from Mourinho

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:27, 13 September 2019

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s understanding of his players sets him apart from predecessor Jose Mourinho.

Despite winning the Europa League, League Cup and delivering a second-placed finish during his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho was relieved of his duties in December 2018 with Solskjaer taking temporary charge.

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  • Mourinho won two major honours with Man Utd but was sacked after a poor start to the 2018/19 season.
  • Solskjaer replaced Mourinho and initially saw a big upturn in fortunes.
  • But things have been much tougher since he was rewarded with the permanent managerial role.
  • United have made their worst start to a season since 1992/93.
  • But Rashford has backed Solskjaer, claiming he has a better understanding of his players than Mourinho.

Solskjaer oversaw a huge upturn in form from United and was eventually rewarded with the permanent managerial role. Since then, however, things have been much more difficult and the Red Devils are now enduring their worst start to a season since 1992/93.

But Rashford insists the Norwegian still has the backing of the United dressing room, highlighting his experience as a player as one of the key differences from Mourinho.

When asked by BBC’s Gary Lineker whether Solskjaer’s methods differed to those of Mourinho, Rashford said: “He’s [Solskjaer] very different but I think it’s expected because he’s played. Off the pitch, he understands the players a bit more.”

Lineker then pressed Rashford on whether Mourinho’s lack of playing experience ever caused him a problem.

“I don’t think it was a problem for him, because he’s obviously a top manager and he has his way of reading people,” he responded.

“But for me, I think when a manager has played, they’ve lived the lifestyle that we’ve lived and they might be a bit more understanding.”

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Rashford then went on to put his full backing behind Solskjaer, insisting he has the confidence of the entire United dressing room.

“Right now everyone’s confident in the manager,” he said. “We might not be doing everything he’s telling us to perfection yet, but the initial response to his tactics, his training, has been phenomenal.”

United face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, looking to win for the first time since their opening weekend victory over Chelsea.