We saw first hand in the brief ill-fated David Moyes era how important a manager’s pull, or lack of it, can be.
One of the concerns in appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year permanently, was whether the Norwegian would have the name value as manager to attract the world’s best.
Part of the perhaps intended manner of United’s strategy last summer was the club did not try to lure ready-made top class players, sparing the humiliation of potential rejection. ‘Rebuild’ was the buzz word, as United sought to sign players who can develop to become top stars.
Now after a season which has shown improvement in the way of performances, especially over the past 11 games unbeaten, United can be more ambitious heading into the transfer window.
United ended any lingering doubts over Solskjaer by closing a deal for Bruno Fernandes in January. The Portuguese star has been top class since he arrived.
Comments made this week by Aaron Wan-Bissaka are interesting, and ones which may help attract future signings. After all, there is nobody better to ask about United under Solskjaer, than a player who signed last summer and has experienced the manager and his coaching staff first hand.
Wan-Bissaka told The Mail: “Since I came to United, the coaching staff have been great. They all really know their stuff, and they can make a difference to your game.
“Even a fraction of a per cent improvement is worth getting, and I’m really excited about the chance to work on my game in any area I can.
“The manager is a big part of that process too. Since day one at United, I’ve seen that Ole’s a manager who knows what he wants. You can see his intentions for the team.
“He wants every single player to improve, and he’s given us all a steer on what we need to improve. That’s what you need, I think- a manager who will push you.”
Great to hear
It’s great to hear Wan-Bissaka praising Solskjaer and the United coaching team.
His comments show that the United training ground is a positive place to be, where players will enjoy being. That wasn’t always the case under Jose Mourinho.
Wan-Bissaka’s comments about improvement are what really will appeal to other footballers. Players want to win, and if there is a way to get better, the really driven, success hungry players, will want to learn.
The young right-back has been excellent since his £50 million move last summer and has instantly fixed one of the club’s biggest problem positions.
United are in a strong financial position this summer despite the current crisis, and will be looking to make new additions when the transfer window opens up.
Wan-Bissaka’s comments will only help the club attract players, with Solskjaer and his staff appearing to be an asset.
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