United were on an 11-game unbeaten streak before the current season’s suspension and they started to look like a more attacking side under former Red Solskjaer.
McIlroy, who has played more than 400 games with United in the 1970s and early 1980s, says the Norwegian understands the entertainment duty that comes with playing for United, something former management big names like that Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal were missing.
“We had problems with the Sir Matt sequel [Busby] with all the history and everything he did, it was the same with Sir Alex and the trophies he won, “McIlroy told MEN.
“The hardest thing was always going to be to replace him. We have had renowned managers there who are far from it, that’s how it is.
“Hopefully we now have renowned managers who couldn’t cope and didn’t get what the crowd wanted, now we have a player who worked under Sir Alex, knows what want United fans and I hope Ole will have the time and the chance to do so. ”
Before the season ended due to the coronavirus epidemic, United was well placed to fight for a place in the top four as well as to stay in the Europa League and FA Cup.
During this race, McIlroy saw some promise on the side, especially with the aggression they insisted on retrieving the ball.
“I saw good signs, especially with the race we did, they are playing at a good tempo, that’s what we were doing in the 70s now, when they don’t have the ball they want get it back as soon as possible and it’s a good thing to see, “he said.
“They have good legs in the midfield, when you lose the ball, get it back as quickly as possible and that’s what Ole made his team do. “
This aggression can help set the tone for a more aggressive approach. United have scored 29 times in 11 games unbeaten, including 6-0 and 2 wins 5-0, and McIlroy sees the approach that has served the club so well under Busby and Ferguson start to come back.
“You have to entertain the crowd these days if you score and get two or three, no matter what the opposition does, just score more than them,” he said.
“If you do that and always give 100%, then the supporters will stay loyal to you. “
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