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Solskjaer praises Manchester United’s defensive improvement

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he has been pleased with the way Manchester United have both attacked, and defended, in their recent resurgent run towards the top four.

Much has been made of how Solskjaer has restored Manchester United‘s attacking principles since taking over from Jose Mourinho last month, with the Red Devils netting 22 goals in the eight games he has been in charge – having only scored 12 in Mourinho’s final eight games.

However, while the Portuguese’s side didn’t attack particularly well, they didn’t defend well either, conceding 13 goals in those eight games as he struggled to get any kind of performance from his players.

Despite having Mr Calamitous himself – aka Phil Jones – as part of his preferred back-four, Solskjaer’s attacking philosophy has seemingly shored up the back four too, conceding just five goals since he took over.

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With United set to face Burnley in the Premier League at Old Trafford this evening, the Norwegian revealed his happiness with how his side are playing, highlighting his side’s improvement at the back.

“I love it. It’s what you want,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match media briefing.

“We’ve had some fantastic results, some great performances and I can see improvement in many aspects since we started, just from Tottenham to Arsenal for example.

“The way we improved the structure, the way our ideas… we get to know each other more and they get to know me and what I want from the team.

“The first few games everyone said it was just about attacking, attacking, attacking but it is the other part I have been very happy with because we haven’t conceded many chances.”

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