Lingard: Solskjaer & Phelan have brought back ‘old school’ Man Utd

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United reacts with Mike Phelan during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard hailed the impact both interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan have made.

Since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer has enjoyed a remarkable start to life as a coach at Old Trafford with nine wins in 10 games and still unbeaten.

The United legend has managed something that Mourinho could never quite do himself in winning over the squad with the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford on a superb run of form.

Meanwhile, Phelan has proven to a valuable member of the Red Devils’ coaching staff after returning from working as a sporting director for A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

Speaking on the pair, Lingard praised them for returning United back to their roots and voiced his confidence over a challenge for the Premier League title next season.

“Solskjaer and Mike Phelan have brought back the old school Manchester United,” Lingard told the Daily Mail.

“They know the league and the club inside out, so to pass that on and get us playing how we are has been perfect.

“Solskjaer is doing very well. Nobody can fault him. He has taken a lot on, but he already knew what he was doing when he came in. He got the players backing him straight away.

“He told us there are big expectations and pressure at this club, but we have to deal with it and play like a real United team.

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“We will challenge for the title next season if we carry on how we are now. We’re back to basics and winning games by grinding out results or scoring a lot of goals. As long as we’re winning games, that’s all that matters.”

The England international is relishing the next couple of weeks for United, which will see them take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League along with both Chelsea and Liverpool in the FA Cup and Premier League.

Lingard added: “You want to play in those big games – that’s why you play football.

“The bigger the games, the better. You can’t get bigger than facing PSG in the Champions League at Old Trafford.”

United will take a trip to Fulham for their next league match on Saturday.