The Norwegian has made several successful moves in the transfer market since taking charge in December 2018
Ryan Giggs has expressed his admiration for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer policy at Manchester United, saying the manager’s focus on recruiting good characters is paying off.
Solskjaer has made a number of successful signings during his time at Old Trafford, as the likes of Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes have taken well to life with the Red Devils.
Giggs has explained that his former team-mate has prioritised off-field character as much as on-field ability during his time in charge at Old Trafford.
“Dan’s not only a talented player,” Giggs told MUTV Group Chat of James. “He’s a really good character and a solid lad. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen over the last 18 months.
“Every time I went to watch him at Swansea, he was getting better and better and he’s had a great start to his United career. He’s a United player as well and someone who United fans will enjoy watching. He’ll beat men, he’ll make things happen and, of course, he has that devastating speed.
“But as I said, more than that for me, is he’s a really good character. I think that’s what Ole has tried to do over the last months, have some really good characters in the dressing room.”
Fernandes in particular has had a major impact in a short time at Old Trafford, tallying three goals and four assists in just nine matches after moving from Sporting CP in January.
The Portugal international helped United to an 11-game unbeaten run that ran up until football was halted due to the pandemic.
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“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” Giggs added. “Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But, like I said earlier, the players he’s got in have been really impressive.
“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.
“You talk about the Eric Cantonas, the Robin van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift. I still think we need four or five players but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Despite these issues, the 28-year-old has managed to return 69 goals and 39 assists in 52 appearances with the Parc des Princes side, proof, says Sylvinho, that he retains the quality that prompted the Ligue 1 champions to spend lavishly on the forward.
And Sylvinho believes another move could be in the offing, despite the financial uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has brought upon world football.
“He can play with whoever he wants,” Sylvinho told Cadena SER. “Who can say that he will not return to La Liga or switch to another team. The only one who can do anything is him.
“The individual quality of the player is… mamma mia! He’s a great player.”