When Manchester United fired Jose Mourinho in mid-December 2018, the club was in dire straits.
They were 11 points away from the coveted fourth position in the league and Champions League qualification was looking dim.
They had scored as well as conceded 29 goals after 17 games, and there were clouds of despair looming large over Old Trafford.
Amid a lot of speculations, the club appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker manager until the end of the season.
And it is fair to say the Norwegian has exceeded all expectations so far at United, winning all of his first seven games, which includes six in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup.
As a direct result, United have taken giants steps towards securing the Champions League spot.
They are still sixth though but are just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. As such the fourth spot is still achievable now.
All of this was possible because of his brilliant record since joining United and here are five reasons why Solskjaer has won all of his first seven games in charge at Manchester United.
#5 Team Selection
Under Mourinho, it was extremely rare that Manchester United fielded the same team on more than one occasions, in fact, his team selections were often eccentric.
With the appointment of Solskjaer, there has been a degree of continuity in the team and the credit must also go to his backroom staff. The only changes made were either enforced or due to the busy festive season.
Lindelof, Pogba, Matic, De Gea, Lingard, Herrera and Young appeared in six of those seven games; Martial and Luke Shaw started in five.
Phil Jones and Rashford played a part in each game, with six starts. It is this consistency in the team that has led to a great understanding among the players.
But it was not just the starts, but also the substitutions where Solskjaer got it right. Bringing on Herrera changed the game against Huddersfield, on the other hand, Lukaku scored two goals off the bench in as many games. Sanchez came off the bench to pick up an assist against Newcastle, on a night when United looked tired.
Solskjaer’s team selection and his ability to affect the game by making smart substitutions was crucial in United securing seven straight wins in all games under his watch.