Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims ‘a lot needed to be changed’ when he took over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford – and insists that he doesn’t like to complain about injured players like his predecessor.
Ahead of the scheduled visit to Tottenham on Sunday, if the game goes ahead due to the mass coronavirus outbreak – with the Premier League set for an emergency meeting at 10.30am today, Solskjaer refused to be drawn on comments by the Spurs boss in September that United are worse this season than they were under him last year.
‘I’d rather not speak about other teams and other manager’s teams,’ said the Norwegian.
But asked about the job he has done since taking over from Mourinho in December 2018, Solskjaer was more forthright as he heads to London in fifth place four points ahead of Mourinho’s side.
The United boss claimed that he is the right man for the job because he is steeped in the culture at United.
‘I felt a lot needed to be changed,’ he said about the task he inherited. ‘We’ve signed four players and lost quite a few and promoted from within, lots of youngsters.
‘I don’t know how dramatic those changes have been. I don’t think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here. We needed certain pieces in the puzzle and they’ve worked.
‘It’s not just about tactics, it’s about the players. I’ve got great staff. I’ve got a philosophy I think is worthy of this club. I’m a red and I think I know what this club needs.
‘I believe we’re going places. I believe that we’re on the track that Man United need to be on. There are different cultures at different clubs and different ways of doing things, and I believe in the way we do things at Man United now.
‘I don’t necessarily believe in everything we’ve done before, but at the moment I believe in what we’re doing. I think I’m the right man but I’m not going to sit here and talk about that. The proof is in the pudding at the end of the day.’
Tottenham’s season has taken a turn for the worse with Mourinho’s side currently without a win in their last six games.
Reminded that he is missing Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, Solskjaer said: ‘Yeah, but I don’t talk about those two, do I? I want to focus on the ones who are fit and the ones I have got.