The Players Who Have Benefited Most Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Arrived At Manchester United

The Players Who Have Benefited Most Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Arrived At Manchester United
17:48, 28 Mar 2019

Who can forget the frosty stand-off between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba at the Machester United training ground?

It was the kind of encounter and bad news story which came to sum up Mourinho's troubled final months at the club.

Fast forward to March 28 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is appointed United manager on a permanent basis on the back of a remarkable run of results. The club are chasing a top-four spot and they have a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona to look forward to after their dramatic win over Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16. 

On Saturday against Watford, Old Trafford will raise the roof for Solskjaer for his first game since being named permanent manager.  

Much has been written about how Solskjaer has brought back the feelgood factor to United and that certain players have benefited from his arrival. We take a look at three players who have certainly thrived in the last few months. 

Paul Pogba

The French World Cup winner played 20 times for Mourinho this season, clocking up 1597 minutes and scoring five goals.

He was involved in nine goals and scored a goal on average every 319.4 minutes.

It's been a different story under Solskjaer who has given Pogba 17 games, playing 1512 minutes. The biggest difference here is goals scored - Pogba has nine under Solskjaer bringing down his goals per minute average down to 168. His number of involvements is up to - 16 compared to 9 under the Portuguese boss.

Perhaps more importantly, Pogba also seems much, much happier these days and speaks warmly about Solskjaer who worked with him at reserve level during his first stint on the managerial staff at United.

Marcus Rashford

The England striker has made 20 appearances for Mourinho compared to 18 for Solskjaer. Despite playing fewer games under Solskjaer, he has played more minutes (1352 v 1242).

Like Pogba, Rashford has scored more goals under Solsjkaer - eight compared to four. The one category where there is a change is assists. Under Mourinho provided five assists but only two since Solskjaer took the wheel. In terms of goal involvements, Rashford has made 10 contributions for the new manager versus nine for Mourinho. The minutes per goal ratio has fallen from 310.5 to 169.0. 

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker played 22 times for Mourinho, a manager who he always spoke fondly of. Lukaku has played 16 times for Solsjkaer compared to 22 for Mourinho and is also up on minutes played (1639 vs 931).

Lukaku has provided two assists since Solskjaer took over, one before that. His goal involvement total is currently on 11, four more than under Mourinho. For Solskjaer, Lukaku has delivered a goal every 103.4 minutes compared to 273.2 for Mourinho. 

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