Three Ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Has Evolved Manchester United
The long-term future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a constant talking point within the media. However, is it time that they finally give the Manchester United manager a break?
The Red Devils are certainly still a work in progress, but they remain the favourites to win matches throughout the season. Punters can take advantage of this Bethard bonus code 2020 when they bet on football to maximise their returns when betting on United. But, why could the good times be back on the horizon for the Red Devils under Solskjaer?
Solskjaer promised a clear out when he arrived at the club. He clearly stated between January and the summer that the squad would look completely different after his first transfer window. Undoubtedly he has remained true to that promise, and he has completed a job that has needed to be done since the Louis van Gaal era. Players such as Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Ander Herrera were certainly not the players that the Norwegian wanted to work with, so he effectively got rid of them.
He has been ruthless with the squad, whereas previous managers have allowed the players that aren't needed to just sit in the reserves. Solskjaer also made the brave decision to get Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku off the books, which highlights his strength as a manager. During his time in charge, he has sold six players over the age of 30.
For the first time since the departure of Ferguson, United finally look to have a clear direction in which they are heading. Under David Moyes, van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, there was never a feeling that the club really had a strategic plan in mind and was just signing players to fill the gap. The signing of Sanchez was evident of the failure, but the new transfer strategy matches what Solskjaer is trying to achieve with a youthful squad.
United have fielded the youngest average team in the Premier League this season. Their average age of 24 years and 312 days, is almost a whole year younger than the Chelsea average, and is three years younger than the teams that have been fielded by Manchester City and Liverpool.
Trust In Youth
The average age of the team is so young because Solskjaer believes in the young players, and is giving them every chance to succeed in the Premier League. He has handed debuts to prodigies such as Ethan Laird, Di'Shon Bernard and Joe Garner. During his reign, there have also been increased chances for Tahiti Chong and Angel Gomes.
Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Scott McTominay have also become important members of the squad, with Greenwood even being lined up for a place in the England squad for the European Championships. Fans love seeing the young players being given their chance, and if they can continue to develop in the Premier League, then there isn't any reason why Solskjaer can't achieve success at Old Trafford.