Rafael da Silva has given his full backing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.
The former fan favourite has heaped praise on the Norwegian for the steering the club in the right direction before the coronavirus pandemic put an indefinite suspension on football.
United were on an eleven game unbeaten run before the break, which included impressive victories over Chelsea and Manchester City.
We are finally starting to see some progression within the side; Bruno Fernandes is largely responsible for rejuvenating the squad upon his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Rafael, currently at Lyon, has lauded Solskjaer for bringing an identity back to the club and noted how he puts the club before himself.
“I think he’s already helped a lot,” he told ESPN.
“You can see how the players play. I like to watch Manchester United now. I see the heart on the pitch. I see that they want to win every time.
“Of course, there is a lot still to do but I think he’s doing it the right way. He’s a person who loves Manchester United and he’s going to do everything to help the club. This is important.
“He’s a guy who is going to think about Manchester United first rather than himself. A lot of coaches are never going to do that, they are going to think about them and after about the club. Ole is different because of that.”
This is an interesting point from Rafael, who will be aware that some managers are more concerned by their own reputation rather than that of their club.
Solskjaer understandably has his critics but what cannot be reputed is his desire to be part of the solution at United.
And he is starting to build the foundations for the club to return to competing domestically. This summer’s transfer market will be crucial in helping accelerate his rebuild at Old Trafford.