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Mata could see United DNA in Solskjaer as soon as he arrived

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Juan Mata reveals how the Manchester United players reacted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival, and a special aura the new boss had about him.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently celebrated his first anniversary as the permanent Manchester United boss.

The jury is still out about whether he will keep the job long term, or if he has even really been a success in his time.

However, one thing is for sure as far as Juan Mata is concerned, he brought a sense of positivity back to the club.

Speaking to Manchester United’s official podcast, the Spaniard reveals how the players discovered news of the Norwegian’s arrival and his first impressions.

He said:

“Of course, I heard much about him as a player. About that goal, about the many goals.”

“We had a meeting between us, the team, and they said: ‘Listen, it’s probable that Ole’s going to come.”

“He’s going to take care of the team until the end of the season. He’s coming from Molde in Norway.”

“As soon as he came in, you could see the positivity.”

“You could see the Man United DNA.”

“He knew everyone, he felt like a proper United fan, and he was happy and smiley and full of energy.”

“So we stay with him, and I think that’s a good sign of things going okay.”