‘It was like the boss had walked back through the door’: Ashley Young claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
- Ashley Young says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson
- United have lacked consistency this season but Young praised Solskjaer
- It is 33 years since legendary boss Ferguson was appointed as United manager
- Solskjaer’s side are preparing to host Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League
Ashley Young believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United despite their difficult start to the season.
On the 33rd anniversary of Ferguson’s appointment at Old Trafford in November 1986, Young praised the impact Solskjaer has made in the last 10 months as United prepare to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night.
‘Since he came in it was like the boss had walked back through the door,’ said Young, who is United’s captain and longest-serving player. ‘Same traits, same winning mentality, same desire, hunger.
Ashley Young (left) says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) has revived the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson
‘He has been here as a player and knows what the club is. That is what the club wanted and you can see at times in training he wants to put his boots on and join in. It has been fantastic.’
Even so, United have made their worst start since 1986 when Ferguson was brought in to replace Ron Atkinson. Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth saw them drop back into 10th place in the table, 18 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 11 games.
‘Obviously it has been tough,’ added Young. ‘It has been fine margins in some games. Like when we have been winning 1-0 and we come in after drawing the game and it feels like a defeat.
Young says Solskjaer has the same winning mentality, desire and hunger as Ferguson
‘But there are signs there that things are improving and we have shown that in the last couple of weeks. It is about getting on the front foot. We look a much better team on the front foot.
‘When we get early goals – especially tomorrow if we get an early goal – there are plenty more goals there to be had. It would give everyone a confidence boost and for us to go on a run.
‘Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I know what I see every day working hard on the training pitch. I know it’s possible to go out there and get results. It has not gone as well as we would have liked.
‘We have gone on a mini run (before Bournemouth) but that is not going to dampen our spirits. We have got a big game tomorrow to go and qualify out of the group stages and we’ve got games coming up which we believe are winnable games.’