The Telegraph: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unleashed 'hairdryer' at half-time against Reading
- Solskjaer was strict with his players at half-time in the cup tie.
- He is very respected among the squad for his human feel.
- The fixation is now no longer on the opponent.
- Rashford has been in special connection with Ole to improve his play inside the penalty area.
James Ducker from The Telegraph claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have been very disappointed with what he saw from his team in the last week's FA Cup tie against Reading. Although the Reds were 2-0 up by half-time, it only seemed a matter of time before the visitors would've had their well-deserved goal. He was angry in the dressing room at half-time pointing out what was wrong with the performance.
Well the hairdryer at HT did absolutely nothing then because that 2nd half was absolutely atrocious! Anyhow it doesn't matter, it was a win and it's nice to see positivity around the place.— Rizwan (@RizwanRock7) January 11, 2019
For all his 'baby-faced veneer', Solskjaer acquired this rough but effective side of his character from Sir Alex Ferguson. However, as the report note, it is something completely new that there was no foul mood in the air in the aftermath of the match. Ducker describes it a grown-up management compared to Jose Mourinho's approach.
He continues by describing the Dubai training camp. The 4-day event was very beneficial to the players as it was 'an invaluable bonding exercise'. As observers said, the mood was more cheerful in training than before. The 'family' feel was on display when the head coach arranged for a meal on the final day of the trip.
It's not all. With Mike Phelan as an assistant coach (whose role should not be underestimated), the fixation has shifted from that on the opponent to that on Man United. Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, David Moyes spent too much time analysing the opposition rather than their team's strength.
Does Solskjaer get the #MUFC job on a permanent basis? Ask me in two months time after this lot. He’s hit the ground running and helped some fans reconnect with the club, but a bit more tactical nouse will be required to navigate his way past these. pic.twitter.com/lFNwM1iz77— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) January 11, 2019
One more crucial tweak in training is Soslkjaer working closely to Marcus Rashford. It's reported the Norwegian relied on his past experience (including that alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo) to explain to the 21-year-old how to use his body better in the penalty area and what mental skills to hone.
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