Manchester United’s shocking performance at Watford on Saturday meant that the club’s hierarchy had no choice but to part ways with the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite a recent turbulent spell, the Norwegian can leave his beloved club with his head held high knowing that his tenure will be seen as an overall success.

Taking over from Jose Mourinho was always going to be difficult, but Solskjaer galvanised the club, brought the feel-good factor back and revamped a squad that was riddled with problems.

He has left the club in a much better place then when he took over and the squad is arguably the strongest it has been since Sir Alex Ferguson retired eight years ago.

But there might be several players who actually benefit from Solskjaer’s departure, here we look at three players who could prove to be the winner’s following Manchester United’s recent managerial change….

Eric Bailly

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It seemed clear under Solskjaer’s stewardship that when everyone was fit and available for selection, Bailly was Manchester United’s fourth-choice centre back.

With Raphael Varane injured and club captain Maguire suspended for the Chelsea clash on Sunday, Bailly will get an early opportunity to impress caretaker manager Michael Carrick.

But with Maguire’s club form a cause for concern, Bailly will be hoping that he can stake a claim against his former side Villarreal tomorrow evening.

Maguire has looked out-of-sorts since the European Championships and Solskjaer’s decision to rush him back against his former side Leicester, instead of playing Bailly, backfired massively.

After signing a new contract with the club in April, Bailly will be hoping that he can re-establish himself as one of the club’s first choice centre back options, possibly even alongside Varane, under a new manager.

 

Donny van de Beek

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Despite having good cause to be frustrated with Solskjaer due to a lack of playing time, it was the Dutchman trying to rally his team mates and help save his former manager’s job on Saturday.

After coming on at half-time, the former Ajax midfielder galvanised his team before the wind was knocked out of our sails following the Maguire red card.

His impressive performance against the Hornets could see Carrick reward van de Beek with a start against Unai Emery’s side.

Following the departure of Solskjaer, the 24-year-old will probably believe that this is the time to ignite his Manchester United career.

With Paul Pogba out injured, van de Beek has the chance to use the club’s fresh start as an opportunity to establish himself as a regular starter.

Jadon Sancho

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Seeing van de Beek and Jadon Sancho link up to good effect at Vicarage Road didn’t reflect well on Solskjaer’s lack of trust in the pair.

If Mason Greenwood hadn’t been ruled out with Covid-19, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see Sancho on the bench.

But similar to van de Beek, Sancho will be hoping that he can now become a permanent fixture in United’s best 11 and strike up a deadly partnership with the likes of van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

After signing the pair for a combined £108m, Solskjaer could now witness from a watching brief the positive impact Sancho and van de Beek can have in this Manchester United side, when given regular chances.

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