MANCHESTER UNITED are much quicker in possession under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than they were when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
That is according to Sky Sports pundit and former West Ham striker Tony Cottee.
Solskjaer was appointed interim boss of Manchester United last week following the sacking of Mourinho.
The Norwegian won his first game in charge, leading the Red Devils to an emphatic 5-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday.
It was the first time United had scored five in a Premier League game since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Cottee admits he is a big Jose Mourinho fan but concedes the football was far too slow under the Portuguese.
And he can already see a difference in Solskjaer’s brief time in charge.
“He’s got to manage the team through the holiday period, we know that,” Cottee said.
“I firmly believe that if you can get on a run of games, the confidence is there, a 5-1 win away is a fantastic result.
“Just let the team go out and play. Ole deserves a lot of credit.
“I think he’s come in, I think he’s done the right things so far, he’s said the right thing so far and he’s quite obviously given the players the opportunity to just go out and play.
“I think the key to it from my point of view is the speed of play, just speed it up a little bit.
“As a fan you want to see your team retain possession.
“Watching Manchester United under Mourinho, and I’m a big Mourinho fan, it was so slow.
“And it was much, much quicker against Cardiff and I think you saw the results, it was a wonderful third goal.”