The Simple Tactical Change Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Has Made That's Changed Everything At Man Utd
It's no coincidence that Manchester United have scored eight goals in their last two games under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a simple, but effective tactical change has played a massive part in that transformation.
Solskjaer's side knocked five past Cardiff City last weekend and four days later, in another dominant performance, United beat struggling Huddersfield at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Paul Pogba and a Nemanja Matic tap-in.
It has been the perfect start for the Norwegian manager and despite being in charge for such a short period of time, the manager has made some noticeable, tactical tweaks in these fixtures.
Noticeable how high and wide Solskjaer wants his full-backs. Fred getting instructions from Phelan to get the ball out to Dalot quicker. Solskjaer constantly pointing forward whenever he's on the touchline.- Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) December 26, 2018
If you take a look at the past two Premier League ties, United's full-backs have been bombing forward on a regular basis, maintaining high and wide positions in attacking areas.
Solskjaer is so keen on these attacking runs that he's seen pointing whenever on the touchline.
It has worked a treat. Diego Dalot, for example, has been a revelation for the club in recent weeks thanks in part to his attacking runs and crosses, while Luke Shaw and Ashley Young have been encouraged to do the same.
Back at Old Trafford with another win! :muscle: pic.twitter.com/fjVSPp2C8N- Diogo Dalot (@DalotDiogo) December 26, 2018
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Any time Dalot gets the ball pic.twitter.com/H6hQCyEwYL- Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 26, 2018
The Norwegian boss has reiterated his plans for his full-backs to spend as much time as possible in the final third, something that United fans will be delighted to hear, I'm sure.
"My philosophy is you've got to have width. So today you've got Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard wide, but they're more comfortable coming in, then the full-backs need to go." Solskjaer said after Wednesday's win.
"It's different when you've got Martial or you've got Rashford wide, someone who likes to play one-against-one.
"So it depends. But yes I'd like my full-backs to come, that's more and more in, for me, in modern football, it's important in modern football to get the full-backs flying on."
I think it's fair to say United fans are enjoying watching their team play again, with those at Old Trafford handing Solskjaer an incredible reception on his return.
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