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11:45  12 september  2019
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Solskjaer: United must be more clinical Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Man Utd need to be more clinical in attack after they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. United failed to win for a third consecutive Premier League game as Daniel James' early opener was cancelled out by Jannick Vestergaard's towering header, with Solskjaer's side unable to find a winner despite Kevin Danso's 73rd-minute sending off.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeased disgruntled Manchester United fans at the end of last season with the guarantee that change was coming. Jack Wilkinson examines whether he has been able to deliver on that promise...

It was the result that signalled the start of Manchester United's dismal demise at the end of last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sensational start - 10 wins and a draw from his first 11 games - became nothing more than a distant memory by the time Theo Walcott rattled in Everton's fourth goal to complete a humiliating defeat on Merseyside.

Gary Neville labelled the performance at Goodison Park "rancid" and, after apologising to the travelling United fans unfortunate enough to be there in person, Solskjaer promised change - wholesale change.

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Those who know Solskjaer describe him as mild mannered and gentle, with a knack for getting the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unveiled as Cardiff City manager. Injuries disrupted his final few years as a Given his first senior managerial role at Molde in 2011, Solskjaer delivered instant success at the

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It was a steely statement of intent straight out of the Sir Alex Ferguson textbook and, five months on, the manner in which Solskjaer has gone about transforming United suggests it's a promise he will honour.

Before the ink had even dried on his first Manchester United contract in 1986, Ferguson was already barking out orders. Then-chairman Martin Edwards was informed of the Scot's wish to sign as many as eight players, and Viv Anderson, Brian McClair and Steve Bruce were signed within 18 months of his arrival.

That decisiveness in the transfer market appears to have rubbed off on Solskjaer.

Players deemed no longer fit for purpose have been shown the door by any means necessary. Whether it be the sales of Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Darmian, the departures of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia, or the financing and pushing through of loan deals for Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling - there's a ruthless edge to United's dealings.

Neville: Why United are on the right track

Neville: Why United are on the right track Gary Neville insists Manchester United are on the right track under Ole Gunnar Solskajer despite their difficult start to the season. Since their opening day victory over Chelsea, United have been held to draws at Wolves and Southampton and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. However, Neville - speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast - explains why he thinks his former side are heading in the right direction under Solskjaer and why his former team-mate needs time to take the club back to the top.

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Solskjaer will look to continue his perfect start at home to Burnley on Tuesday evening, when Chris Smalling could return from a foot complaint that has kept him out for seven weeks. The midweek Premier League fixtures are followed by the transfer deadline, with captain Antonio Valencia subject of

Is Solskjaer delivering on his promise? © Getty Gary Neville says Manchester United are on the right track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

One thing Solskjaer has yet to master, though, is the ability Ferguson had time and time again throughout his reign at Old Trafford to adapt his playing style to suit new personnel and remain competitive.

After the humbling defeat at Everton, Solskjaer set out the fundamental principle he wants to define his time at United. "I want my team to be the hardest working team in the league," he said. "That is what we were under Sir Alex."

While that addresses Solskjaer's initial concerns over his squad's work-ethic, it's hard to see how that translates into the visible shift in playing style United fans have been yearning for.

United's first four Premier League games this season, and their final four last season after the defeat at Everton, give very little indication as to what he will settle on, other than the fact that it is very much still a work in progress.

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Jamie Carragher and Ole Gunner Solskjaer commentary on David De Gea post-match at home versus Liverpool.

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On the one hand, United have enjoyed more possession, won more duels, conceded fewer goals, and run an average of 106.9km per game - all positive signs that Solskjaer's philosophy is being implemented.

On the other, an alarming drop in both interceptions and winning the ball high up the pitch suggest it's going to take time for the squad to successfully juggle their manager's demands.

And that, ultimately, is what will determine Solskjaer's chances of success - time. Will he be given the time to see out the project he has started?

Ferguson famously got time, but it's a precious commodity in the modern game. Results have rightfully clouded judgement on United's start to the season, but progress, however slim, is being made on the pitch to go with the much-needed dressing room reset Solskjaer promised.

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"It does take time," Neville said. "Not just to actually get people in the dressing room all facing the same direction, but to get the quality in that's needed.

Matic: Ole responsible if title bid fails

Matic: Ole responsible if title bid fails Nemanja Matic says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to hold himself responsible if Manchester United do not compete for the Premier League title. Matic, who arrived at Old Trafford from Chelsea in 2017, has played only 22 minutes this season after making one appearance as a substitute against Southampton. United, who last won the league title in 2013, are eighth in the table after four games and trail league leaders Liverpool by seven points.

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"It took Pep Guardiola 12 months, three transfer windows. It's taken Jurgen Klopp three or four years to affect the culture at Liverpool and get a team fully in what he would say is his style, his culture and what he wants to do.

"This is going to be a long game at Old Trafford. To play the long game, Solskjaer is going to need the support from up above. He's going to need really strong leadership over the next two or three seasons to be able to have those four or five transfer windows that he needs."

United are on their fourth clean slate in the seven years that have passed since Ferguson's retirement. After the outcome of the previous three under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, it's one that's working but must be given time to restore the club to where they feel they belong.

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