Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on developing an ‘inner justice’ within his Manchester United squad and has discussed the importance of togetherness in the dressing room.
United travel to face Burnley in the Premier League this evening knowing a point will be enough to take the club top of the division, the Red Devils currently trailing Liverpool on goal difference ahead of tonight’s game-in-hand.
Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in their past 10 league fixtures and have shown significant signs of improvement over the last 12 months, with hopes having been raised over a first title challenge since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson almost eight years ago.
The Norwegian has been discussed his side’s progress and has praised the togetherness of his players, admitting he has been looking to build a culture of self-responsibility.
“There is nothing worse than having your manager or coaches always telling you what to do – this, that and the other,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have played in a team with loads of characters, that we looked after ourselves – [we had an] inner justice. Because then you don’t just let yourself down, you can let your team down.
“So you need leaders to really grab hold of the ones who stray out of line and from what we have agreed as a group. When you’re part of a football team there’s nothing stronger than being part of a team that keeps together.
“I’ve also seen teams that have cliques, that don’t work together – that’s the killer of a team. I’ve been lucky enough at Molde [as manager] and here now to have a feeling that I can trust them more and more to look after themselves.”
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