Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba driving Guy Utd’s mindset shift – Solskjaer
© Getty Images Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba celebrate against Fulham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s dressing space is being “driven to success” by Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
United sit top of the Premier League table on 40 points, six clear of protecting champs Liverpool, who Solskjaer’s group face in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, 7 days on from a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool have actually been removed from the FA Cup by United more than they have any other challenger in the competition’s history, though the Red Devils have lost two of their past 3 against the Reds in the competitors.
Important to United’s recent success has been the kind of Fernandes, who has scored 19 league objectives and developed a more 14 from 33 top-flight appearances because joining from Sporting CP in 2015.
Veteran advocate Cavani, meanwhile, has actually netted five times in all competitors since arriving as a complimentary representative in October, while United’s club-record finalizing Pogba has delighted in a renewal after a tough start to the campaign, and scored an exceptional winner versus Fulham last time out.
Buoyed by the performances of Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba, Solskjaer sees his team having actually experienced an extreme shift in mindset, comparing the trio’s impact to that of his previous United team-mates Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
” I believe that runs through the team and that belongs to my thinking when you bring players in,” Solskjaer informed a news conference.
” You do not simply bring huge skills in, you research their character as much as you can to have the right types.
” Due to the fact that there are constantly gamers who think ‘there’s a game next week and I’ll still get my salaries’. That’s the mentality we had to escape.
” I desired players to come here to press the limits, the levels and drive it on from the inside. It can’t come just from the exterior. With players like Bruno, Edinson and Paul Pogba, I feel I have a dressing room that is driven to success. That makes my job easier – 100 percent.
” When you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. We had players here when I played – Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs – they drove it on.
” When they spoke you knew you had no leg to stand on to argue, since you knew that they did it every single day.
” That’s what we require from our players. Much of us in the video game have been in dressing spaces where people talk – but you think what are you speaking about?
” They talk the talk, however do not really walk the walk. But the players we’re discussing – Pogba and Cavani and Bruno – they have actually existed, they understand what it takes and they require it off their team-mates.”
The prophecies are excellent for United ahead of Sunday’s encounter with their bitter competitors, who have reached the FA Cup 5th round only once during Jurgen Klopp’s period.
United are also unbeaten in their past 7 home video games versus Liverpool in all competitions (W3 D4) considering that a 3-0 loss in March 2014. They last had a longer unbeaten run against the Reds at Old Trafford between 1990 and 2000 (12 games).