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Smalling says its ‘great’ to play under Solskjaer – but he has a ‘nasty side’

Chris Smalling has said that it is great to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but has revealed that the Manchester United caretaker boss has a ‘nasty side’.

Much has been made of Manchester United‘s recent resurgence following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December, with the Red Devils winning 10 of the 12 games under Solskjaer’s stewardship.

The Norwegian has been credited with creating a positive vibe around the club, as well as restoring Manchester United’s heritage of playing attractive attacking football.

However, PSG put the first major blot on Solskjaer’s copy book on Tuesday night, comfortably beating United 2-0 in the Champions League, with the Norwegian’s side offering very little going forward.

There were reports that the 45-year-old channelled his inner Sir Alex Ferguson in the wake of that defeat by giving the players a blast of the ‘hairdryer treatment’ and Chris Smalling has said that while it is a joy to play under the club legend, there is more to Solskjaer than the positive facade that we see in public.

“I think he has got that sort of nasty side,” he told the official Manchester United website.

“I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround.

“A manager has to have all different sides covered. He’s a joy to play under and he’s great.”

United look to get back to winning ways when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday evening, although they will have to do it without Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, who are both injured.

Read also: Man Utd linked with £70m move for Jadon Sancho.

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