The Difference Between Jose Mourinho And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is Easy To See
After less than four months in charge of Manchester United on an interim basis Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named the permanent manager of the club on Thursday night and the announcement might be the biggest proof of the difference between Solskjaer and his predecessor Jose Mourinho.
December 16th seems like a hell of a long time ago. Partially because January seems to last about a year on its own and partially because so much water has past under Manchester United's bridge since then.
That afternoon towards the end of last year saw the Red Devils lose 3-1 to fierce rivals Liverpool and two days later Jose Mourinho was sacked.
For most people there's been a lot of difference at Old Trafford between the dying days of Mourinho's time as manager and the spell under Solskjaer, even if Louis van Gaal doesn't agree things are that different.
As well as the style of play, the attitude and relationship with the players and the results things just seem happier in the red half of Manchester since Solskjaer took the job.
And there's no better proof of things being different than in the two managers official announcements at Old Trafford. Mourinho doesn't look too happy to be there, Solskjaer looks like a man with his dream job:
Speaking about his appointment, via the club website, the former United striker talked about this being his dream job, saying, "You know when people get a new job and they say it's their dream job and they've always dreamed about or played for that club or managed a club. That's more to me than to anyone.
"This has been my ultimate dream all the time. Maybe a naive dream, but I've always had that dream in my mind to have this responsibility for this huge, fantastic family of a football club and I'm so honoured and privileged to be given this fantastic responsibility to lead us forward."
Speaking on Wednesday LVG tried to suggest that Solskjaer parked the bus like Mourinho and his football wasn't as exciting as Van Gaal, saying, "The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning...But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it.
"If you think it is more exciting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth."
With Ole at the wheel the football has been more exciting than under both Mourinho and Van Gaal and it's been smiles all round.