Sunday Mirror


United boss Sol­sk­jaer lov­ing tac­ti­cal free­dom

- By STEVE BATES @steve­bates_peo­ple

OLE GUN­NAR SOL­SK­JAER claims Manchester United have a squad to ex­e­cute any tac­ti­cal plan.

The Old Traf­ford boss reck­ons he has now got more op­tions across the pitch than at any time since tak­ing charge from Jose Mourinho in De­cem­ber 2018.

United face Ar­se­nal to­day look­ing to con­tinue their un­beaten fourgame form streak af­ter crush­ing Bun­desl iga lead­ers RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League.

That fol­lowed hot on the heels of a win in

France against Paris

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United’s tac­tics spot-on again. gain

And Sol­sk­jaer ad­mits he’s rev­el­ling in the lux­ury of hav­ing a team for all sea­sons af­ter tri­alling a new sys­tem with Donny van der Beek at the head of a di­a­mond, cut­ting Leipzig to pieces.

“Last sea­son we put a lot of work into our prin­ci­ples and the way we want to play, and we had a foun­da­tion to play it from with two cen­tral mid­field­ers. This sea­son we’ve added qual­ity in the squad with Edin­son Ca­vani, Donny and Alex Telles,” says Sol­sk­jaer.

“Paul Pogba and Mar­cus Rash­ford are now back fit so we have more op­tions, and we have more op­tions tac­ti­cally.

“If we want to play a 4-3-3, a di­a­mond, a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, I think we have more op­tions than ever be­fore.”

Crit­ics have sug­gested Pogba and Bruno Fer­nan­des can’t op­er­ate ef­fec­tively in the same team but Sol­sk­jaer ( left) in­sists it is no prob­lem. “Good play­ers can al­ways play to­gether if there is bal­ance in the team,” he said.

“You can’t play the 10 best for­wards in the team to­gether. Of course you need bal­ance and that is what we are work­ing to find.”

United were ham­mered for fail­ing to land num­ber one tar­get Jadon San­cho from Borus­sia Dort­mund in the last trans­fer win­dow.

But Sol­sk­jaer is happy with his new sign­ings who have given the squad a com­pet­i­tive boost.

“I think we’ve signed well, I’m very happy with the ones we’ve made, I think all of them have made an im­pact,” adds the United boss.

“They are play­ers we’ve tar­geted for a lit­tle while and I’m happy with them.

“You want com­pe­ti­tion for places and you want play­ers to know that there’s some­one who can take my place.

“And you want play­ers who can cope with that pres­sure, which you have to do if you are pa r t of Man United. Alex Telles played re­ally well in Paris and I think Luke Shaw has also played re­ally well the last few games – that’s the com­pe­ti­tion you want.”

Sol­sk­jaer will cel­e­brate two years in charge next month and his grey­ing hair means the baby-faced assassin tag he once had as a player is long gone. And as he grap­ples with restor­ing United to for­mer glory, the Nor­we­gian re­vealed he switches off by watch­ing Amer­i­can com­edy sit-com Se­in­feld.

“I’m get­ting older but, no, I en­joy it. I have to say I told my­self when I got the job ‘ You’ve got to en­joy ev­ery sin­gle minute, the highs and the lows’.

“It is a chal­lenge of course but if I didn’t en­joy it, I wouldn’t be here. You try to switch off, you watch some TV se­ries once in a while but it’s al­most 24/7, def­i­nitely.

“At the mo­ment I’m go­ing through some old Se­in­feld. I’ve got the new se­ries as well but I’m very old school and I’m through sea­son five at the mo­ment and have gone through them in the last few months.”

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NEW BOYS Edin­son Ca­vani and Donny van der Beek, right, have added qual­ity
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