Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

How Solskjaer has transformed Man Utd's fortunes

How Solskjaer has transformed Man Utd's fortunes

Anthony Martial has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo's time to reach 50 goal involvements for Manchester United and has been tipped for greatness by club boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani was forced off at half-time of PSG's 1-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday (Sunday NZT) with a hip problem that will keep him out of the United game and, with Neymar ruled out of both legs with a foot injury, Thomas Tuchel is likely to enlist the former United winger, Angel Di Maria, and Julian Draxler to assist Mbappe in attack.

"It's a winning identity, it's a confident identity".

"We have got a coach who has different intentions and we are trying to do what we asks", Martial said. "We are really happy to have him [Solskjaer] here and we hope we can continue [together], but the final decision isn't with us".

Worryingly for PSG, it is not a naive approach exclusively based on bombing forward.

"He is asking me to attack more".

Upfront, Jesse Lingard and Martial should flank Marcus Rashford - another man whose performances have soared since Solskjaer joined the club.

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But I think it's safe to assume that we're going to spring training with the team that we expect to have". Multiple new teams emerged in last week or two.

Solskjaer outlined his first task as putting smiles back on the players' faces but the feel-good factor has galvanised the fans just as much as his squad.

Should United emerge victorious over the two legs it will be the first time in five years the three-time European champions have reached the quarter-finals.

The decibel level has risen since Solskjaer's arrival, even for humble opposition in Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Reading, Brighton and Burnley.

"We've got to rediscover the Manchester United way of playing, and I don't think many teams enjoy their nights at Old Trafford when we're on song", Solskjaer, who has 10 wins and a draw so far, told the UEFA website.

Solskjaer has led United to 10 victories in 11 unbeaten matches under his management since succeeding Jose Mourinho until the end of this season.

So it looks like Lindelof and Rashford will be available for Tuesday's clash with PSG but Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are set to miss out once again as they were absent at today's training session.

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