Blomqvist praises strong-minded Solskjaer
Manchester United Treble-hero Jesper Blomqvist has paid tribute to the work Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing as the club's manager, claiming the Norwegian deserves credit for making brave, selfless decisions.
The Swede, who famously started United's legendary 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, was speaking on the latest episode of the daily MUTV Group Chat.
Blomqvist now runs his own thriving pizza business in Stockholm, but it has not impacted his viewing of Solskjaer's United, and the 46-year-old is increasingly encouraged by what he is seeing.
"I must say, I admire Ole and especially the way that he keeps his faith in his idea, and [is] really strong-minded," said Jesper.
"He hasn't let anybody affect him and now you're starting to see really quite strong signs that it's starting to work. It's been a a hard road, but he's stuck to his ideas, his philosophy."
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United were on a run of 11 unbeaten games, including eight wins and nine clean sheets, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, and Blomqvist believes that rise in performance levels is down to the tough moves his fellow Scandinavian made last summer.
"The other thing that I like is that the club is always the biggest thing for him, the way I've understood it, when I read and see everything [he's doing]," continued the former United and AC Milan winger.
“That's also really admirable for me as a United fan. Even though it would have gained him more time to buy some big-name players just to make sure they win the next game, he's resisted that and said: 'No, I don't want to do that. I want to stick [with what I've got]. I don't just want to bring in players to save myself.'
“These two things I've really appreciated when I've looked at his leadership and first one-and-a-half years at United.”
Eight first-team regulars joined other clubs (either permanently on loan) last summer, but Solskjaer is keen to make sure any new faces brought in are the right ones, and Jesper believes that is paying off – so much so, that he's now watching the Reds even more intently.
"This season, I've watched more than ever, I think, of United," said Jesper. "I'm more of a fan than ever, and it's a great feeling as well to be on that side and watching with a lot of emotions."
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