Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United to-do list: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata star on list of 5 things Red Devils boss must do to succeed

Let Juan Mata flourish

In the past, Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has shown time and time again that he has what it takes to play for every team in the world, with the Spaniard’s performances during his stints with both Valencia and Chelsea more than proving that.

Despite this, the 30-year-old has struggled to maintain a place in United’s starting XI these past few years, something that should really change under Solskjaer if the former Cardiff City boss wants to succeed during his short time as manager.

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Solskjaer should seriously consider making Mata one of his main men from this point onwards

Mata, on his day, is one of the best creative midfielders in the world, and his ability to play in a variety of positions is something that Solskjaer should definitely utilise during the remainder of this season.

The former Chelsea man has proven to be very effective in both a central and wide attacking midfield role during his career, and it seemed weird that Mourinho would often bench the player when he was in charge at Old Trafford.

If Solskjaer wants to have a significant impact during his six months at United, he may want to think about making Mata one of his main men, as the Spaniard definitely has it in him to be difference maker for United in the second half of the season.

Play Anthony Martial as a striker

It’s fair to say that Romelu Lukaku has been performing well below-par this season, with the Belgian even being benched by Mourinho in recent weeks following his dodgy form.

The former Everton man has only scored a handful of times so far this term, and it seems like it may take some time before we see him reach the goalscoring heights we saw him achieve during his stint at Everton.

Given this, Solksjaer may want to think about giving forward Anthony Martial a role as his side’s main striker, something we’re sure the Frenchman would absolutely love.

Martial struggled to hold down a constant place in United’s starting XI during Mourinho’s time with the club, with the Portuguese coach often preferring to go with either Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford or Jesse Lingard as his options out wide.

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Playing Martial as a striker could be a step in the right direction for United and Solskjaer

However, this could very well change should Solskjaer decide to use him as his side’s main striker, an opportunity that could see the 23-year-old reignite his Red Devils career.

The French international proved during Louis Van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford that he is more than capable of playing as his side’s vocal point in attack.

The player managed to score 17 and assist 9 in 49 games all competitions during the 2015/16 season, with the majority of these appearances seeing the 23-year-old used as a striker.

Lukaku spending some time on the bench could prove to be a good thing, as it may very well push the Belgian to try even harder to prove to Solskjaer that he should be the man to lead United’s attack.

And this in turn could see Martial be deployed as United’s main striker, something that could prove to be the difference in Solksjaer’s attempts to get United back into the race for the top four this season.

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