What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did with Man Utd reserves is happening again

Man Utd interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a brilliant start in the hot seat and his time at the reserves hinted at what was to come.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had players ‘wanting to play for him’ during his time in charge of United’s reserves – so it’s not surprised Tom Heaton that he has been a success as interim manager.

The Norwegian has made a stunning start to life back at Old Trafford and has won all eight of his games against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Reading, Spurs, Brighton and Arsenal.

As well as solving United’s longstanding issues against sides they are expected to beat, Solskjaer has proved he has the tactical expertise to mix it with the best after masterminding impressive victories at Wembley and the Emirates this month.

All the while, United have played expansive football, scoring 22 goals, and the players have relished having the trust and freedom of their manager to express themselves.

And Heaton, who trained with Solskjaer as a player and played under the 45-year-old during his two-and-a-half years in charge of United’s reserves, has not been surprised.

“I know him very well. He was an incredible player, an incredible finisher, was difficult to face in training and a very good man,” the Burnley goalkeeper Sky Sports ahead of his return to Old Trafford on Tuesday.

“He’s certainly got that strength of character to manage a club like Manchester United.

“I’ve been really impressed but not surprised with the upturn in form that they’ve had. You could see the quality when I was there towards the end of my time at the club.

“You could see the ideas, the understanding, players wanting to play for him so I’m not surprised at all that he’s had a big effect.”