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Ryan Giggs Explains How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Turned Things Around After Watching Juventus Game

Ryan Giggs Explains How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Turned Things Around After Watching Juventus Game

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was known for his brilliance off the bench to change things around for Manchester United and Ryan Giggs has revealed that the ability to see what was wrong helped Solskjaer turn things around at Old Trafford.

Back in January 1999, part way through Manchester United's famous 'Treble season,' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came off the bench with just 10 minutes of a game to go against Nottingham Forest and scored four goals.

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The 'baby faced assassin' created quite the reputation for being able to come off the bench to make an impact for United and most of it was placed down to his ability to read the game from the sidelines.

Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that Solskjaer has been able to turn things around so quickly at Old Trafford since taking over the manager's job from Jose Mourinho in December.

However whilst the turnaround seems to have been sudden it seems that the Norwegian had a head start when turning things around, having spotted one big issue during his visit to Old Trafford for the Champions League game against Juventus.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, via the Manchester Evening News, Ryan Giggs revealed what the new United manager said to him during the Juve game, saying:

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"It's little tweaks. It's like you see with golfers. Just a little tweak to the game that someone else on the outside might have seen. Ole's been to a few games before he took over.

"I was at a game next to him, and he was pointing out to me, 'Look at the full-backs, they're not high enough'. Things that we were used to, things that you associate with Man United teams."

United were out played at home against Juventus and Solskjaer thought the full backs were the problem. Image: PA Images
United were out played at home against Juventus and Solskjaer thought the full backs were the problem. Image: PA Images

Giggs also said that his former teammate had brought back the attacking mentality back to Old Trafford, seemingly taking a dig at Jose Mourinho, "'OK you score two, we'll score three' and I think he's brought, he's instilled that back into them that we need to score goals, we need to attack and if we're all higher up the pitch then it just poses the opposition that question. All of a sudden teams are going from, 'Right it's Man United, we've got a chance today' to actually, 'Oh yeah, we'll be defending, we'll be deeper'.

"With the front players that United have got, not only the starting players but the ones coming off the bench, you've seen Sanchez, you've seen Lukaku now having an impact. It rivals any team within the Premier League the firepower that United have got."

United have really turned things around and are just six points off the top four, it looks like actually watching the game does have its benefits.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, English Football, Premier League, Juventus, Luke Shaw, Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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