No other manager could have outperformed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last season.
That is the view of former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves – who has backed the work of the Norwegian last season as he labels them as one of the best counter-attacking sides in Europe.
Solskjaer led his team to third place in the Premier League thanks to a fine run of form towards the end of the season – taking them back into the Champions League after missing out the previous year.
Hargreaves has raved over that finish, before outlining their biggest weakness.
“I don’t think anyone else could’ve finished third with that group of players,” he told BT Sport .
“I think getting into the Champions league was a big achievement. They’re probably the best counter-attacking team in Europe, arguably.
“When they play the top teams, PSG, Leipzig, as we saw, two Champions League semi-finalists, they blew them away. That’s their style. On the counter-attack, defensive and hitting teams with these great attacking players.
“The problem is when they try and break teams down and have a lot of possession they struggle to do that.”
Before adding when asked why: “I don’t know, because we always played against teams who had a deep block.
“I used to remember Rio would be on the middle of the pitch, stood at Old Trafford, I’d be 10 yards in front in the opposition half. You could pin teams in, they couldn’t even get out.
“They were so deep but you’d find a way, you’d make forward runs and (Paul) Scholesy would play forward passes.
“I think we’ve always dealt with that so I’m not sure why. You just need to keep probing.”
Solskjaer said ahead of their Champions League clash against Istanbul Basaksehir: “Of course, we look at Man United throughout the history, we’re a team that wants to attack; we want to be good on the break, we want to have quick attacking players to cause problems when we’ve defended well.
“But, then again, more and more teams when they drop back and you want to be the team that can break teams down. I think we showed that against Everton the type of team we can be.
“We scored from crosses, from long attacks that we built up and we scored the winning goal on the counter-attack.”
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