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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting the best out of his Manchester United players after ditching predecessor Jose Mourinho's tough love approach.
Mourinho alienated several key players during his time at United with his abrasive style of management, which included calling them out publicly.
Players like Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, who struggled under Mourinho, are now flourishing under Solskjaer's more holistic approach.
Solskjaer, who steered United to the top of the table, said having a close relationship with his players and talking regularly one-on-one was the key to getting the best from them.
“Personally, I like to speak to them, I like to have individual chats,” said Solskjaer.
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“It's about seeing everyone as individuals and human beings. I spend a lot of time speaking to individuals.
“You always try to walk out of that room having affected each other.
“Whether that's a smile and you walk out in a good mood, or if I’ve made them think what they need to do to get back into the team, individual chats I do really enjoy, I think it’s important.
“I remember from my time the managers and coaches I’ve had, and when they took the time to really see me as a human being, the whole me, my family and everything, that's a big part of my style.”
One player in particular who has thrived under Solskjaer is left-back Shaw, who has rediscovered his best form after struggling in recent seasons.
“Luke has immense quality,” said Solskjaer. “You saw the few times against Liverpool when he takes the ball and drives forward.
“It's something that I’ve pushed him to do more, because we know he can do it.
Jose Mourinho seemed to have a colder relationship with his players at United
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“He's mentally very good at the moment. He's become a dad, he's physically very good and his fitness is so much better.
“When you have the talent of Luke, when that fitness and mental bit is sorted, you're always going to get good performances.
“Luke's a boy I enjoy talking to, I enjoy trying to help him, he wants to be better. It was about getting him to enjoy his football.
“We know his talent, but it was trusting his fitness injury-wise, having players who can back him up.
“Both Brandon Williams and Alex Telles coming in have given him a little bit of a push to say 'if you're not performing then I have good options'.”
Solskjaer also praised United's hierarchy for sticking with him and his long-term vision, even when there were some poor results and the team were not performing.
United will hope to keep their good run going when they face Fulham on Wednesday
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“Everyone knows continuity and consistency has to be there to be successful in the end,” said Solskjaer.
“I've felt very strong backing and leadership from the club, which has made the journey that we’ve been on – ups and downs – clear.
“We've always had a long-term view on it. It's up to every club, of course, how they run the team. But sometimes consistency and patience will be rewarded.”