Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he has seen a ‘shift’ in the effort of his Manchester United players after a summer spent working hard on the training ground.
United beat Chelsea 4-0 last weekend and Solskjaer has compared the energy of his players to the same fixture in April (though it’s fair to say that players should have more energy in August than April).
Asked by Sky Sports if this was a different team to the one that ended last season so badly, Solskjaer said:
“Well we hope so, I know physical stats are not a lot to go from but there is a shift from this first league game and the Chelsea match three games from the end of last season.
“How much more we run now compared to then is encouraging. We’ve got energy, it’s still early doors, and we’re working hard on fitness still.
“The players have a chance every day to prove you should be part of this exciting future, and to be part of this club you have to give everything.
“The attitude of every single one of the lads this season has been spot on. That’s been maybe the most encouraging part for me.
“You expect them to come in on the first day and have loads of energy and focus. They were all fit so we could start on a high level.
“But now, when the league begins, you’re picking a team and some players are not starting, but the reaction from the boys who didn’t play [against Chelsea] has been very good as well, so it’s been a competitive week.”
Manchester United face Wolves on Monday night.