Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole is just as impressed as the rest of us with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to his biggest managerial job to date.
Last night, United ran out 3-1 winners over Arsenal in the FA Cup, extending their unbeaten run under new manager Solskjaer to eight.
The team are almost unrecognisable from the one that struggled under former-boss José Mourinho previously and many people have now pointed to the Norwegian as the man who should take the reins at Old Trafford on a permanent basis – if all continues to progress smoothly.
Speaking on The Debate (via Sky Sports), the United legend Andrew Cole praised his former teammate for his approach to taking on his dream role at helm of his old club.
“I look at Ole and I see that he is a student of the game. He was prepared to take in a lot of information and break it down and do what he thought was right with it. Looking at him, he is always speaking about Sir Alex [Ferguson] and what he takes from him and what he is trying to do with the players.
“That’s what the manager used to do with us. He was always talking to us to get the best from us. You can see Ole does that because after every game he is on the pitch with the players. A lot of the modern-day managers are doing that.
“Everyone wants to get the best from the players so you have to put your arm around them and show them that they are important to you.
“If this continues and Manchester United beat PSG (in the Champions League) and win midweek against Burnley then I don’t think you can look any further. He is gaining experience and winning matches and that is what everyone is asking him to do.”
Only time will tell exactly how successful the Solskjaer-era at Manchester United will be but on first-impressions, it’s pretty safe to say that Old Trafford as has been revitalised after a period of real disillusionment within the club.