Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba driving Male Utd’s mindset shift – Solskjaer
© Getty Images Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba commemorate versus Fulham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks 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, 6 clear of defending champs Liverpool, who Solskjaer’s team face in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, seven days on from a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool have actually been eliminated from the FA Cup by United more than they have any other challenger in the competitors’s history, though the Red Devils have actually lost 2 of their past 3 against the Reds in the competition.
Important to United’s current success has been the kind of Fernandes, who has scored 19 league objectives and developed a more 14 from 33 top-flight looks since joining from Sporting CP in 2015.
Veteran advocate Cavani, meanwhile, has netted 5 times in all competitors given that showing up as a free representative in October, while United’s club-record signing Pogba has enjoyed a revival after a difficult start to the campaign, and scored a superb 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 mentality, comparing the trio’s impact to that of his former United team-mates Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
” I think that runs through the team which’s part of my thinking when you bring players in,” Solskjaer told a news conference.
” You don’t just bring huge talents in, you research their character as much as you can to have the right types.
” Because there are constantly players who think ‘there’s a game next week and I’ll still get my earnings’. That’s the mindset we needed to escape.
” I desired gamers to come here to press the borders, the levels and drive it on from the inside. It can’t come just from the outside. With gamers like Bruno, Edinson and Paul Pogba, I feel I have a dressing space that is driven to success. That makes my task easier – 100 percent.
” When you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. We had gamers here when I played – Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs – they drove it on.
” When they spoke you understood you had no leg to stand on to argue, because you understood that they did it every day.
” That’s what we need from our players. A number of us in the game have been in dressing rooms where people talk – but you believe what are you discussing?
” They talk the talk, but do not really walk the walk. But the players we’re talking about – Pogba and Cavani and Bruno – they have actually existed, they know what it takes and they demand it off their team-mates.”
The prophecies are great for United ahead of Sunday’s encounter with their bitter rivals, who have reached the FA Cup fifth round just once throughout Jurgen Klopp’s period.
United are likewise unbeaten in their past 7 house video games versus Liverpool in all competitions (W3 D4) given that a 3-0 loss in March 2014. They last had a longer unbeaten run versus the Reds at Old Trafford in between 1990 and 2000 (12 games).