‘We can all learn from his mentality and mindset’: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Bruno Fernandes for giving out ‘rollickings’ to his team-mates
- Bruno Fernandes like to dish out instructions to his team-mates at Old Trafford
- There has been a common complaint there aren’t enough leaders at Man Utd
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though has seen the impact of Fernandes at the club
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a return to Manchester United’s glory days when players helped run the dressing room with what he describes as ‘inner justice’.
Though Sir Alex Ferguson was firmly in charge during the most successful period in the club’s history, Solskjaer saw strong personalities such as Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Peter Schmeichel inspire each other by delivering strong home truths.
It is a common complaint there are not enough leaders in the modern game but Solskjaer sees hope with the impact of Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes is seen as one of few dressing room leaders currently at Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was part of a Manchester United team with leaders such as Roy Keane
Solskjaer sees hope for the future with the impact of Fernandes on the United team
By his own admission, the Portuguese midfielder likes to dish out instructions to team-mates and has been given the captain’s armband when Harry Maguire is out of the line-up.
Fernandes has also scored five goals in his last three games and will be United’s key man at Southampton today, particularly with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay expected to miss out.
Solskjaer does not mind heated exchanges between team-mates, with United desperate to close in on the top four after a shaky start to the season.
‘In the heat of the moment people are allowed to air their frustration and be angry because it’s just for the benefit of the team,’ said the manager.
‘But then it’s over and done with. If it lingers on, that’s a different scenario.
‘I’ve been in a team and I like a team that has that inner justice where it’s not just the managers and the coaches who shout.
‘I want players to take responsibility and put other players in their places at times when it’s necessary.
‘They’re out there fighting for one cause and that’s for the team to win. Once in a while you just have to take a rollicking when you deserve one.
Fernandes is not afraid to give out ‘rollickings’ and instructions to his team-mates at the club
‘Bruno isn’t just giving out rollickings, he’s also instructing players. We can all learn from his mentality and mindset. If it’s 4-0, he wants 5-0. He always wants the team to improve.’
United have won three in a row, with Solskjaer putting their early struggles down to the lack of a pre-season because of the Europa League finals in August.
Though they have veered between beating PSG away and losing 6-1 at home to Spurs, Solskjaer believes his players have been generally consistent through 2020. ‘Teams that win the league put good runs together,’ he said. ‘If you look at the last 40 games, we win two, draw one, win two, lose one.
Solskjaer said everyone ‘can learn’ from the Portuguese midfielder’s mentality and mindset
‘Look at the stats since Bruno came in after the Burnley game (in January). Only Liverpool have taken more points, so we are getting there.
‘We did not start the league on a par with everyone else because of Europe and a pre-season we didn’t have. Now we are showing what we’re capable of.
The United boss has a year left on his contract at the end of the season and is keen to stay longer and finish the job he has started: ‘We live in a results business and all I want is for Man United to improve as a team and as a club.’
United will hope Marcus Rashford can play at St Mary’s following a shoulder problem.
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