Manchester United fans will be pleased to see the shocking statistic that defines their efficiency even without the ball under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management.
While the legendary Norwegian hasn’t been accused of being a counter-attacking manager, his side have shown their ability to counter-attack better than in the past.
Supporters have loved the return to the type of football they witnessed during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign and big wins against top teams have helped endear Solskjaer even more.
The former Molde man has been in charge of United for his first full season this year and just when his team were finally finding some consistency, the league was temporarily suspended.
What may console fans a little is the stat below, that shows even when Solskjaer’s men have less than 50% possession, they can still secure crucial wins.
The lowest amounts of possession for Manchester United in 2019-20:
29.14% vs Manchester City
30.62% vs Manchester City
35.97% vs Liverpool
38.21% vs Chelsea
38.82% vs Manchester City
41.19% vs Chelsea
— UtdArena (@utdarena) April 26, 2020
Jose Mourinho was often frustrated with his players for failing to be efficient as he purposefully and rather one-dimensionally set them up for defensive football.
It seems strange Solskjaer has enjoyed more success in a shorter period of time in that regard and begs the question of why was the latter better tactically?
To have a little less than 30% and yet beat Manchester City nonetheless is rather incredible and the fact similar results have happened multiple times shows it wasn’t by luck.
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