Ian Wright praises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for "transforming" two Man Utd stars

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves plenty of praise for helping "transform" the fortunes of defensive pair Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw, according to Ian Wright.

The Manchester United manager has seen his side ride out their poor early season form and are now in the midst of a title race.

Man management has long been a strength of the Norwegian, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

Shaw and Bailly were struggling for opportunities under the Portuguese manager with the former being publicly criticised.

Solskjaer though has made the pair a part of his back four in the last month and reaped the rewards.

United have conceded just two in their last five league games with momentum continuing to build following their win over Fulham.

Wright told Optus Sport : "What’s happening is the top players are showing their mettle now. [Paul] Pogba doesn’t need too much space and time to score that goal, Bruno Fernandes can come alive in a couple of minutes and win that goal.

"I think you have to look at their defence, their defence is very solid now.

"Luke Shaw has to get some form of flowers, simply because of the way he’s transformed himself with everything that’s happened to him, from 2015 when he had the double fracture and struggled with his fitness. Mourinho didn’t help him in that time.

"What we’ve seen with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which he has to get the maximum amount of respect for, is his man-management of this team.

"The way this team is playing, Luke Shaw and his re-emergence to being a top player and he’s probably getting himself in the conversation for England now.

"I love the transformation of Eric Bailly and then you can just leave it to them guys up front, [Edinson] Cavani in there.

"It’s starting to look like a Man United side that – if they can start a lot quicker in games which doesn’t seem to bother them anyway because they come back – they’re gonna be amongst it, without a shadow of a doubt."

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