Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has spoken out as he admires great work done by United interim boss Ole Gunnar after replacing Jose Mourinho
The red devils are making huge progress, There latest win against Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of the Champions League round of sixteen means united have qualified for the quarter finals of the competition.
“It’s fantastic,” Giggs told Goal in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour Presented by Heineken. “No one could have dreamed of the way the team has performed since he took over.
“The results, there’s only PSG [defeat in the first leg], which can happen, where he has been defeated. So far, he has played Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and he is unbeaten in all those games. So, what he has done in a short space of time is amazing.”
Solskjaer has made sure that he will be favourite when the time comes for United’s executive vice-chair Ed Woodward to make a decision on Mourinho’s permanent successor. And Giggs believes that, if his fellow 1999 Champions League winner can keep up the momentum, then he would be the ideal candidate for the full-time job.
“At Manchester United you’ve got to have that consistency, week in, week out and it is not easy,” Giggs said.
“He has had a great start to his coaching career at United. If he gets the job, which I hope he does, he’s got to keep it up, which is not easy in the Premier League and in the other trophies.”
United victory over PSG was achieved against the odds with the French champions 2-0 up on aggregate from the first leg and with United without as many as 10 first-team players, including the suspended Paul Pogba.
“We were accustomed to having winning football over the last 25 years but also doing it in a way that Manchester United are used to,” said Giggs.
“Playing exciting football, having young players come through together with the balance of players who you bring in – the big names, and he is winning the right way and getting fans out of their seats.
“So, everyone is happy at the moment, long may it continue.”
The final days of the Mourinho era were marked out by some ordinary results and disappointing performances but the upswing in the club’s form has coincided with Solskjaer giving back to the players a sense of joy in their football.
“As a player, if you’re not enjoying it, there is no point in playing,” said Giggs. “When you are enjoying your football, and you’re playing with a smile on your face, you’ll try things. So, that’s what I see at the moment with the likes of Pogba, Martial, Rashford, all these players expressing themselves, and I think Ole has had a lot to do with that.
“I think all teams are happy when they are winning. So, no matter who the coach is, when you are winning you have a happy dressing room because then you have a happy staff, the media aren’t criticising you and the fans are happy. The whole atmosphere around the club has changed because we are winning again, and we are playing football the Manchester United way.”
Giggs found himself in comparable circumstances to Solskjaer back in 2014, when David Moyes was dismissed four games before the end of the Premier League season, and he was installed as temporary manager.
“I only had four games,” he said. “So, it was a bit different and I was still playing and part of the dressing room.
Manchester United now have Arsenal next to face in the Premier League as the struggle for the top 4 position continues.