Opinion: Solskjaer has aced the festive period
For the next few days, at least, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sitting on top of the Premier League table, along with his Manchester United team.
“no-one remembers January league tables”, United's positioning after 17 games of the 2020/21 Premier League season will earn the boss plenty of praise. And rightly so.
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“manager”in the true sense of the word – he manages his squad, he manages expectations, he manages for the short term and has an eye on the long term. In other words, the future of the club he loves. His equilibrium is one of his best qualities: he's never too arrogant or cocksure after a victory, and never too doom-laden or emotional after a defeat.
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“philosophies”– but the game, and managing a club, is about so much more than those admittedly important facets. Look at the way Ole has handled United's squad – its different personalities, its different issues – and developed its collective mentality in recent months.
“get carried away”, given our struggles in recent years. But one man won't: Solskjaer. And that's why he's making such a good fist of steering the club forward.