Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - from Molde to Manchester
The resurgence of Manchester United is largely down to the man who has taken the reigns in the dugout. Not because of his tactics or his technical nous but rather his inaction and subtlety. My thought on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that he has taken the leash off his caged players and let them run rampant. He's told them to go out and express themselves offensively, to use their natural talents to propel United into more familiar pastures. The players have repaid OGS ten-fold and returned four wins from four helping him match Sir Matt Busby as the only manager to start his United career with a perfect record after so many matches.
Now let's take a dose of reality here. United have beaten Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle - hardly threatening outfits. It has however allowed the inexperienced manager to get his feet wet with a surmountable run of fixtures. In fact, the only true test through his first two months will come on January 13th when the Red Devils travel south to match up against the formidable Tottenham Hotspur. However, let's not look past the brilliant team he's inherited. United on paper are title challengers - there is no question in my mind about that. Success depends on how well the leader can harness talent and allow it to be expressed. Mourinho miserably failed at this because he tried too hard tactically, wanted to be the cover story and turned on his best players. Some times simplicity yields magnificence and the current manager has inherited this mindset.
For all the victories and positive vibes around Old Trafford lately, the main move OGS made went relatively unoticed. In bringing back Mike Phelan as assistant, he welcomed a steady and experienced hand who was partly the catalyst for success under some of Sir Alex Fergusons reign.
The jury is still out on OGS but the initial signs are good. It's funny how sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all.