Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the way Ole Gunnar Solsjaer masterminded a sensational 3-1 win against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.
The Portuguese was sacked by the club in December after overseeing Man United’s worst start to a season in 28 years.
Solskjaer took over as caretaker manager but the famous win in Paris, his ninth away win in a row as Man United boss, has all but confirmed his status as the club’s deserving next permanent boss.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho praised the mental strength of the United players in Paris.
“But I think independent of the performances, Ajax and Manchester United results are phenomenal results, and if the responsibility in the bad days is for the managers, the responsibility of the good days is then also for the managers,” he said.
“So for me, [Erik] ten Hag from Ajax and Solskjaer from Manchester United. Incredible results, so credit to them.
“Manchester United, I would say the mental side of it, the self belief. So for me, very special days for these two men.”
The win against PSG was a triumph of spirit for the players and, for Solskjaer, a lasting testament to the tactical acumen he has continually displayed in big games.
In case you had not noticed, he is much more than a smiling face. The decision to use Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku as a duo worked superbly; the call to keep things tight with a 4-5-1 in the second half, keeping United within one goal of going through, before sending on Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood for the last ten minutes, was nothing short of a masterstroke.
More broadly, the mood he has engendered in the dressing room – one where everyone feels like mates – serves as the hallmark of a man who chooses to see the positive, unlike some other people.