Manchester United fans were in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride last season. All of the issues under José Mourinho finally came to a head, with the club finally sacking him in December, when United were a full 19 points behind then-league leaders Liverpool.
The club eventually finished sixth, a massive 32 points behind winners Manchester City, after having appointed former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær as Mourinho’s replacement. While the Norwegian managed to provide an initial pick-up in terms of results, with United winning 14 of his first 19 matches in charge, including a scarcely-believable comeback against Paris St Germain in the Champions League, there was an immediate drop from the moment he was confirmed as permanent manager on a three-year deal.
United limped, rather than sprinted, over the line, and it was evident that the new boss had to offer a lot more than just throwbacks to the glory days of the Ferguson era if the Red Devils were to re-establish themselves as the pre-eminent force in English football.
Solskjær is definitely a more attacking manager than his predecessor, and more inclined to give young players a chance as well. In terms of tactics, there are a few key ideas that he will look to establish, and this tactical scout report will look at those ideas and how Manchester United could potentially play in the coming season.