Marcus Rashford says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a better understanding of his players than his Manchester United predecessor Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was axed by United last December and replaced by Solskjaer after falling 19 points behind then league leaders Liverpool.
The Portuguese boss never played at the top level, despite that fact he has still been incredibly successful, although Rashford hinted the 56-year-old’s acceptance of the players’ lifestyles was a problem.
Rashford, speaking to Gary Lineker for Football Focus, was asked to compare the two managers and the England man revealed that Solskjaer, who played for United for 10 years, is better suited to dealing with United’s squad.
“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,” Rashford told the BBC.
Lineker tried to dig further and asked if the fact that Mourinho had never played to a similar level was an issue.
“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,” added Rashford.
“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.”
Rashford was often shunted out to the wing under Mourinho, but with Romelu Lukaku offloaded, the England man has been offered more of a starring role.
The 20-year-old has started all four Premier League games so far and the striker says that the dressing room is fully behind the new manager.
“Right now everyone’s confident in the manager,” Rashford added. “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.
“It’s not a plan just for this season, or just the next game, it’s a plan for years.
“I think they [managers] need to be backed. In this position that we’re in now I don’t think we need this rotation of managers, ’cause you never settle.”