Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:40

Giggs divulge what Solskjaer said about Mourinho

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Former Manchester United winger, Ryan Giggs, has disclosed the criticism Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had of the team under Jose Mourinho earlier in the season.

United endured a hugely disappointing start to the 2018/2019 campaign, dropping to eighth in the Premier League and crashing out of the Carabao Cup.

The club finally decided to sack Mourinho in December and named club legend Solskjaer as his replacement on a caretaker basis.

They have won their last six games, including Sunday’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

Giggs says Solskjaer has helped “remind the players how good they are” and revealed the Norwegian was critical of Mourinho’s use of his full-backs before his sacking.

Asked about the changes Solskjaer has made at Old Trafford, Giggs told Premier League Productions: “Well, reminding the players how good they are.

“It’s little tweaks. It’s like you see with golfers. Just a little tweak to the game that someone else on the outside might have seen.

“Ole’s been to a few games before he took over. I was at a game next to him, and he was pointing out to me: “Look at the full-backs, they’re not high enough.”

“Things that we were used to, things that you associate with Man United teams.

“OK you score two, we’ll score three and I think he’s instilled that back into them that we need to score goals, we need to attack and if we’re all higher up the pitch then it just poses the opposition that question.

“All of a sudden teams are going from, “right it’s Man United, we’ve got a chance today” to actually, “oh yeah, we’ll be defending, we’ll be deeper”.

“With the front players that United have got, not only the starting players but the ones coming off the bench, you’ve seen [Alexis] Sanchez, you’ve seen [Romelu] Lukaku now having an impact.

“It rivals any team within the Premier League the firepower that United have got.”

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