Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still refusing to do what cost Jose Mourinho at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still refusing to do what cost Jose Mourinho his position as Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was sacked as Red Devils boss in December 2018 after a run of poor results and fall outs with players.

The Portuguese was often critical of individual performances and regularly singled out under-performing players.

Solskjaer, on the other hand, protects his key men instead of throwing them under the bus.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were two players who came in for media criticism after United's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday, but Solskjaer chose to focus on the team over individuals.

He said: "Sometimes it’s human nature, sometimes you don’t work at your best and today we didn’t unfortunately.

"You’re playing against a good team that make you play the way they want you to at times and when you don’t have the quality and tempo we should have had.”

Looking ahead to Sunday's Manchester Derby, Solskjaer remained glowing in the praise of his team, adding: “The attitude, the approach, everyone here is giving everything they've got.

"That's the brilliant thing with these boys, they always give everything so don't worry about not getting going.

"It's the league position you think 'that's where we've shown progress'. Hopefully we can prove in the Europa League and FA Cup that we've taken another further step for this team."

Contrast those words with that of Mourinho, who regularly called out individual performances in his time at Old Trafford.

Talking about Luke Shaw in 2017, he said: "He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me, and I was making every decision for him."

A year later, and Mourinho was still at it: "Every time they went in his [Shaw's] corridor the cross was coming and the dangerous situation was coming."

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    He said: "I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.

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