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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the two Man Utd stars that have proven Erik ten Hag wrong

Ryan Smart

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the two Man Utd stars that have proven Erik ten Hag wrong

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the two current Manchester United stars that have proven Erik ten Hag wrong at the club.

While the current United squad is beginning to have more of a Ten Hag feel to it, a number of players were either signed or brought through to the first team by former manager Solskjaer.

In his near three-year spell in charge at Old Trafford, the Norwegian signed the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho.

Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were both signed by Solskjaer, were disposed of by Ten Hag at different stages of last season, with both players now playing together at Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr.

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The Dutchman has relied on existing United players, such as Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, and new signings like Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Andre Onana, to produce success at the club.

But amid an injury crisis and players going through spells of poor form, it has been a tough campaign for Ten Hag and his side thus far.

They are bottom of their Champions League group after four games, although have won four of their last five Premier League games and sit sixth in the table ahead of Sunday's trip to Everton.

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That has coincided with Ten Hag calling back some of his fringe players in recent weeks, having effectively frozen them out during the early weeks of the season.

Those two players are Maguire and Scott McTominay, who have been two of United's key players in recent weeks.

And former manager Solskjaer - who relied heavily on both players during his time in dugout - believes they have both proved Ten Hag wrong.

Speaking to Norwegian outlet Nettavisen, he explained: "I think [Maguire] has dealt with [not being in the team] in a fantastic way.

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"He has been in it. It's not easy to leave Manchester United, because you know there's a downturn almost everywhere you go. You get paid for your efforts when you are that type, when you are a good footballer and show that you have a heart for the club.

"I am very happy that Harry, in particular, shows what kind of player he is, but not least what kind of person he is. That's why I made him captain."

He also mentioned McTominay, and added: "I knew they had it in them. I think it's these types of people who get paid for their efforts and get paid back for what kind of people they are.

"They are the kind of people you want in a team."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League

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