Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has opened up about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s philosophy, as the club’s interim manager continues his excellent start to life in the Old Trafford dugout.
Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer has won all seven of his games in charge and brought his former club to within three points of fourth place Chelsea. Former Arsenal forward Sanchez has been shedding some light on his manager’s methods which has brought about a dramatic and rapid improvement in the club’s fortunes.
“The players are the same with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they were with (Jose) Mourinho.’’ Sanchez told the Mirror.
“But now we are having more success in attack and we are defending better.
“The fact he has so much history with this club opens the way a lot when he speaks. His philosophy is to touch the ball a lot, to control the game and to score goals.
“You can tell that his position on the field as a player was as a forward, but he still wants us to take good care of our penalty area too.
“That’s the way you get better results. The only thing the manager told us was that we could improve the situation ourselves.
“He said that everything depended on us and it was in our own hands to climb the table.”
Sanchez joined United in January 2018, in swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join Arsenal. The Chilean has struggled to rediscover the form which made him a fan favourite at The Emirates though, and has scored just four times for United in all competitions.
He was an unused sub during United’s 2-1 home victory over Brighton one Saturday, as he struggles to break back into the side under Solskjaer, after struggling with a hamstring injury in recent months.