Solskjaer succeeded in lifting the gloom after Jose Mourinho’s toxic endgame but what, exactly, was the culture the Norwegian instilled at Old Trafford?
For the duration of Solskjaer’s reign, and particularly in these last few dismal months, United came to feel more like a nostalgia project or entertainment brand than a fully functioning football club with ambitions to win.
Solskjaer’s sacking has, ironically, prompted talk of the need for another cultural reboot and perhaps a move away from the cult of Sir Alex Ferguson to a bold new identity.
If United truly want a manager who can instil a culture from top to bottom of the club, there is no one better than Mauricio Pochettino, which is surely one reason they are so determined to prise him from Paris Saint-Germain.
When he joined Tottenham in 2014, Pochettino quickly changed the entire club, transforming the culture, the atmosphere and the mentality in N17.
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