First team coach Michael Carrick has described the Manchester United squad as a ‘happy camp’ again following the interim appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer has got off to a flying start since replacing José Mourinho last month. The Reds have won comfortably in each of the managers’ first five games in charge, including victories over Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading.
Carrick, who was also part of Mourinho’s coaching staff under the old regime, was full of praise for Solskjaer and his impact on the United players.
“Ole’s got that personality that rubs off on everybody, he’s so positive, he’s so upbeat all the time,” said Carrick as per the Metro.
“I think you can see that rubbing off on individuals, and that goes a long way to bringing the best out of the players.”
Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and others have already began to thrive under the Norwegian, and Carrick expressed the importance of the turn in recent results in installing extra belief in the players.
“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”
The United squad are currently enjoying a mid season warm weather training camp in Dubai, as they prepare for a crucial clash against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday. When they return, they will face their sternest test yet against a Spurs side aiming to keep tabs on Premier league leaders Liverpool.
Paul Pogba is expected to be fit for Sunday’s game, after recovering from a knock that kept him out of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win at home to Reading on Saturday. Meanwhile, Chris Smaling remains out while he recovers from a sore foot. Eric Bailly is also unavailable as he serves the last of his suspension for a red card against Bournemouth.
Michael Carrick says Kieran McKenna has been a ‘big help’ to him and passed on ‘a lot of things’ since becoming part of the coaching staff. #mufc [via men]
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