Immediately after returning from a warm-weather training camp in Marbella, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly spent 90 minutes watching Manchester United’s under-13s players training.

Solskjaer was joined by the majority of the first team squad for the last 20 minutes. It’s the benefit of having the youth squads and the first team training in the same location at the Carrington Aon Training Complex.

Solskjaer watches Man United academy U13s train

New goalkeeping signing Nathan Bishop was said to have joined in briefly with the under-13s session alongside Nemanja Matic, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Brandon Williams.

The impact of this will be enormous for the young Reds looking to emulate Williams and the recent cohort of academy graduates who have made their debuts since Solskjaer took charge.

United boss shows commitment to academy and club’s future

It’s yet another example of Solskjaer’s focus on the academy and the long-term future of United. This is not the first time he’s been spotted at a training session of a young side. The motivation that it will provide to those under-13s players is unmatched.

For the first team to come and have a look as well is a positive sign. It shows that the attitude at United is improving and the players are committed to what is going on.

 

The Norwegian has attended FA Youth Cup games and others. Players, meanwhile, have been seen watching under-18s games at the training ground.

Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and a few others have spoken to the new generation of youngsters. Sir Alex Ferguson came to watch on one occasion.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Partrice Evra of Manchester United U18s in action during the U18 Premier League match between Manchester United U18s and Derby County U18s at Aon Training Complex on September 14, 2019 in Manchester, England.
Evra while coaching United’s under-18s ahead of a match against Derby (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

When Patrice Evra did his coaching badges at United a few months ago, he got involved. Solskjaer received a strong recommendation from Evra that he should look at Brandon Williams, The Mail reported.

Solskjaer is creating togetherness at United

While this is not something that is going to improve United’s first team fortunes, it is excellent to see. One of the best attributes of Solskjaer’s management has been the ability to create a genuine sense of togetherness at Old Trafford.

That was not evident under Jose Mourinho or Louis van Gaal. No players have come out to speak against Solskjaer. Only Mino Raiola has managed to create any kind of disharmony at the club.

Part of creating this atmosphere is down to the ‘whole club’ philosophy whereby the first team players are involved in the next generation, too.

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