Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he has copied some of Claudio Ranieri’s training sessions.
Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford back in December, following the calamitous start to the season that the Red Devils had made under Jose Mourinho, picking up just 26 points from their opening 17 Premier League games.
The Norwegian has had an instant impact since taking over, with Manchester United picking up 22 points from just eight games, and while the fixture list has been kind, Solskjaer has steered the side to notable victories over Spurs in the league and Arsenal in the FA Cup, games in which United were particularly impressive on the counter-attack.
United play relegation-threatened Fulham in Saturday’s early kick-off, and speaking ahead of the clash at Craven Cottage, the 45-year-old caretaker boss has revealed that he has always admired Claudio Ranieri and has even copied some of the Italian’s training sessions, with the Italian having steered Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015/16 using devastating counter-attacking football.
“I don’t know the ins and outs of the situation at Fulham but what he did at Leicester shows you what capabilities he has as a manager, must be the best achievement ever to win that league,” Solskjaer told the media at his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t know the word but the team spirit, effort, they believed in themselves, so he is someone I’ve looked up to and admired, you read books, I know we’re gonna come up against a manager and team that counter-attacking football that he’s always had in his teams, I’ve copied a couple of his sessions actually.”
Manchester United know that a win will see them temporarily leapfrog Chelsea into the top four for the first time since the opening week of the season, with the Blues not facing Man City until Sunday.
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