Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Simple Message At Christmas Party Summed Up Manchester United's Problems

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces his first big test as Manchester United manager on Sunday and his early success might be down to one simple message he made during the team's Christmas party.

It's not even a month ago that Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United. At this point in December if someone had told you Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was starting to be considered a viable full time manager at Old Trafford you'd have thought they had a screw or two missing.

The Norwegian wasn't exactly the most obvious choice to take over from Mourinho, even on a part time basis, but his start to life as manager at his former club has been very good.

The Red Devils have won all five of their opening games under him, including the 2-0 win against Reading in the FA Cup, and are now hot on the heels of the top four in the Premier League.

Probably the biggest improvement for United since their old manager left is the style of football with attacking football back after the turgid stuff served up towards the end of Mourinho's reign.

And it looks like Solskjaer had a very simple message at the club's Christmas party that really showed what he wanted at United. The Telegraph revealed that talking to staff and players the new manager said, "If you can't enjoy yourself at United, where can you enjoy yourself?"

Solskjaer had a good start to life at United. Image: PA Images
Solskjaer had a good start to life at United. Image: PA Images

Enjoyment has surely come back to the side with United scoring 16 goals in the five games and taking their goal difference in the Premier League up to 11 from zero.

The message came as staff were surprised and excited to see Solskjaer so soon after he joined the club as interim manager, as he wasn't expected to attend.

Scenes like this seem more likely under Solskjaer than they did under Mourinho. Image: PA Images
Scenes like this seem more likely under Solskjaer than they did under Mourinho. Image: PA Images

On Sunday the Molde manager, who is 'on loan' to United, faces his biggest test as manager when his side face Spurs at Wembley.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is favourite to take over at Old Trafford long term, at the end of the season, but a win for United would massively boost Solskjaer's chances of landing the job full time.

United have some tougher games ahead with Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG to come by the end of February.

What can Solskjaer say to his players to inspire them on Sunday?

Ryan Sidle

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