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Solskjaer appointment was a ‘masterstroke’ claims former Manchester United coach

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has said that the clubs decision to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager has been a ‘masterstroke’.

The Norwegian took over in December with Manchester United‘s chances of finishing in top four being written off by virtually everyone, as Jose Mourinho left the club 11 points adrift of the Champions League places following their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

Under Solskjaer however, United are unbeaten, with their excellent form combined with Chelsea and Arsenal’s struggles seeing them close the gap to the top four to just two points, with many now tipping the Red Devils to finish fourth.

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Former United coach Rene Meulensteen has said that Solskjaer has restored Manchester United’s identity of playing attacking, enjoyable football, describing his appointment as ‘a masterstroke’.

“Ole has positively reinforced to the players what it means to be playing for a club the size of Manchester United. Secondly he has reintroduced the enjoyment of playing,” Meulensteen told 888sport.com.

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“This is clearly seen in how the players are now trying to express themselves. They play with an urgency and an attacking flair now, something that was previously lacking.

“The most important thing is what has been taken away from Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson left. The identity that United stood for slipped away and that’s why it’s such a masterstroke in that respect to bring Ole back.

“He is injecting Manchester United with that same sort of identity that he was part of. The board and everybody need to understand that’s what they need to protect.”

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