Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard has hailed the impact made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over the managerial reigns at the club. The Red Devils had struggled to secure regular wins under the guidance of ex-boss Jose Mourinho earlier in the campaign but the arrival of Solskjaer has changed their fortunes with eight straight wins in all competitions.

Speaking to Soccer AM, Lingard praised the manager’s impact over the past month with the club and suggested that the Norwegian has offered the players with more freedom to express themselves, he said: “Ole has been great since he came in. He has given a lot of advice, and he has let us play free, which is the main thing.

“Football you have to play with freedom, you have to play with that smile on your face, and he has let us do that. Attacking football and playing the ball forward as soon as you can and scoring as many goals as you can. If they score one, he knows we will score two and he has already had that mindset. He was just saying, ‘this is Man Utd and this is how we should be.’”

United grabbed their eight successive triumph under Ole during the recent FA Cup fourth round encounter at Arsenal where they won by a comfortable 3-1 score. The match witnessed the return to form of both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku but the latter bagged the man of the match accolade after providing a couple of assists from the right wing position.

The Mancunian giants are currently three points behind the top four in the Premier League but they can potentially catch up during the forthcoming weeks with Arsenal and Chelsea scheduled for tough Premier League trips to Manchester City. The Red Devils return to league action in midweek with a home game against Burnley.