Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has hailed the impact of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and has named the three stars who look to have had the shackles released by his temporary appointment.
The Norwegian has overseen a fine start to the post-Jose Mourinho era, having just last week been parachuted into the hotseat for the remainder of the season.
Solskjaer followed the 5-1 triumph at former club Cardiff – the first time United had netted five in a league match since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 – with another comprehensive win against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
Giggs, the club’s last caretaker manager, was among the star names in attendance for the 3-1 win and has been impressed by the immediate impact made by his former team-mate.
“Ole’s first home game and especially the positivity that came from the Cardiff game, the performance and the result, I think everyone was looking forward to the game,” the 45-year-old said.
Discussing the three stars who have already improved under the Norwegian, Giggs continued: “And the big players are turning up – (Paul) Pogba with the goals, David (De Gea) with a great save and Marcus (Rashford) just getting better and better each game.
“So, there’s a real positivity around the place, which we need that to carry on now going into the Bournemouth game.”
While few would consider beating Cardiff and Huddersfield as a true yardstick with which to measure true success and progress for a club like Manchester United, it has undoubtedly been a step in the right direction.
Solskjaer has released the shackles and made a striking impact in a short period, having only arrived from Norwegian club Molde last week.
The 45-year-old has barely stopped smiling since the confirmation of his temporary appointment as manager – the kind of role Giggs always felt the treble hero of 1999 would be suited to.
“Yeah, I did because he was always quietly confident, believed in his own ability – and even though people think he’s a nice guy, you know he’s got an edge to him, which you need as manager,” the United great said.
“As he got more experienced, especially when he had that injury and a bit of time out, it’s quite well-documented that he used to take notes of little things that Sir Alex would do.
“So, yeah, I believed that he would go into coaching and he’s doing a great job, obviously.”
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