Solskjaer: Winning run has restored team spirit at Man United

Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s winning run has improved the atmosphere at the club.

Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout last month, the Norwegian has won all eight of his games in charge of United to smash the legendary Sir Matt Busby’s 73-year-old record.

The Red Devils have only signed Solskjaer on a temporary basis until the end of the season with the 45-year-old expected to return to his employers Molde FK this summer.

But Solskjaer’s instant impact at Old Trafford could lead to the club board reconsidering their original deal as he closes on a new record.

Should United defeat Burnley tonight, Solskjaer will break Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s record of winning their opening six Premier League games.

However, Solskjaer is more interested in the new and improved team spirit at Old Trafford rather than his own personal success.

“When you’re winning games of football, you’re always going to have a good team spirit around the place,” Solskjaer told the club website.

“But that doesn’t just apply to the players, it’s the staff as well.

“When you come in on Monday morning, it’s well done and on to the next one. Don’t dwell too much on what’s happened because the focus is on the next one.

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“I feel the whole club is thinking ‘next game, next game’ but of course you always enjoy winning.”

Solskjaer had to contend with the likes of Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham for a place in the United attack during his own playing days.

But the former striker excelled coming off the bench and famously grabbed the winning goal in United’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona after coming on as an 81st-minute substitute.

Therefore, Solskjaer knows exactly what United’s current crop of forwards in Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are going through as they compete for regular game time.

Although he doesn’t envisage any problems coming up for him due to the amount games that United have to play in.

“Well, so far, there has been no problem because we’ve got so many games,” said Solskjaer.

“As soon as it becomes just one game a week, it might be a problem but we rotate even during the games.

“When we can put Anthony and Rashy [Rashford] on for Alexis and Rom [Lukaku], who did a fantastic job [against Arsenal], it is only going to help us. The players have been very, very good at staying ready and being ready when they get on.”

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