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Solskjaer admits Manchester United’s pre-season tour feels like ‘a new start’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that Manchester United’s pre-season tour has felt like ‘a little bit of a new start’ following the club’s troubles last season.

Solskjaer took over a Manchester United side languishing in sixth place in the Premier League back in December, with the Red Devils sitting 19 points behind the then league leaders Liverpool.

The Norwegian’s appointment saw a rapid and drastic turnaround in both form and results, with United going on an impressive 12 game unbeaten run towards the top four, only for it all to reverse just as drastically, with them ending back where they started, in sixth and out of the Champions League places.

With the club currently going through their first pre-season under the Norwegian’s reign, United have produced some much-improved performances so far, albeit only in meaningless friendlies.

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The 46-year-old has already admitted that he wants to introduce a  pressing and possession style of football and has now said that it feels like a new start.

“I think it’s important that we, as I’ve said before, start well, because you give yourself a chance then if you have a good start. But then again, it feels like a little bit of a new start,” Solskjaer said ahead of their pre-season friendly against Spurs in Shanghai.

“We want to find a style that we want to play, on the front foot, so it has to start sometime and it’s easier in pre-season than in the middle of a season.

“Of course, we spoke about this over the last six months as well and now we’re laying the foundations both mentally and physically. The tour has been very good as a team-building one as well.”

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