Solskjaer is a breath of fresh air for United, says Jones
31 Mar 2019
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during their EPL match against Watford on Saturday. Reuters
London: Phil Jones has saluted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a “breath of fresh air” after Manchester United made a winning start to the manager’s permanent reign.
Solskjaer was handed a three-year contract last week after a successful spell as interim boss since December.
The former United striker’s astute leadership has revived a club in turmoil during his predecessor Jose Mourinho’s reign.
Fan favourite Solskjaer has led United into the Premier League’s top four and the Champions League quarter-finals.
There was a celebratory atmosphere ahead of Watford’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday. Then Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial goals sealed a narrow 2-1 win.
Solskjaer knows it was a “sloppy” display and Jones accepts it was far from United’s best, but the long-serving defender is excited for the future and loving life under the Norwegian.
“The lads are buzzing. He’s come in, he’s been a breath of fresh air for us. He’s put arms around the shoulders of people who needed it,” Jones said.
“His man management skills are terrific and he’s definitely what we need going forward. Everyone can see that he has laid foundations.
“The fans, the media, everyone can see what he’s done and how he wants to play since he has come, and we’ve shown that in quite a few games. It’s positive, we’re looking forward and we’re pleased with the result.”