Marcus Rashford has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands his players better than Jose Mourinho did – because of his former playing career.
The Norwegian boss enjoyed an established spell as a professional in his homeland before becoming a legend at Old Trafford.
Mourinho meanwhile never played at the top level, instead of following an early pathway into coaching which was built largely from a period as a translator to Bobby Robson at Barcelona.
And Rashford feels despite Mourinho’s more impressive managerial CV, his lack of playing expertise gives Solskjaer the edge.
When asked by BBC’s Gary Lineker whether Solskjaer differed to Mourinho, Rashford said: “He’s [Solskjaer] very different but I think it’s expected because he’s played. Off the pitch, he understands the players a bit more.”
Lineker then probed if it was a problem for Mourinho that he had never played to a similar level.
“I don’t think it was a problem for him, because he’s obviously a top manager and he has his way of reading people,” Rashford responded.
“But for me, I think when a manager has played, they’ve lived the lifestyle that we’ve lived and they might be a bit more understanding.”
Rashford was often made a scapegoat under former boss Mourinho and was played out of position on a regular basis.
But the 20-year-old has been given a more starring role in the United team following Solskjaer’s arrival, starting every one of their opening fixtures this season as a striker.
And Rashford revealed his successor has got the full support of the dressing room behind him.
“Right now everyone’s confident in the manager,” Rashford added. “We might not be doing everything he’s telling us to perfection yet, but the initial response to his tactics, his training, has been phenomenal.”
United have not got off to the greatest start this season, having not recorded a win since their opening day triumph over Chelsea.
But Rashford says the clubs current plight is not a quick fix and revealed what Solskjaer has outlined for his squad.
“It’s not a plan just for this season, or just the next game, it’s a plan for years.
“I think they [managers] need to be backed. In this position that we’re in now, I don’t think we need this rotation of managers, ’cause you never settle.”