"You can not be a good leader or a manager without good players.so ultimately it's how they respond to what we tell them and they've been fantastic, so all credit to them".
"I think he is special and we have to make him feel free", the Spaniard said.
'It has to be the right one and one who fits.
But even if Smalling can not make himself fit, still Solskjaer will have very little to worry about since the likes of Lindelof, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have been doing exceptionally well at the back.
He has revitalised United, with nine wins and a draw from 10 games in charge, and they can move into the top four with a win at struggling Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.
"If every single player can improve by 1-2% it is not about X amount of players". "We know at that moment there are some fantastic wingers in modern football: [Ousmane] Dembele, we have also [Raheem] Sterling who is a fantastic player, Anthony Martial, Eden Hazard... but I think Marcus is different".More news: Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Passes Away at 83
"Paul now is , Jesse ... they're at that age where we expect them to take that responsibility and not just be a young boy that floats around".
At the same time, it is clear that Varane's pedigree - a World Cup and Champions League victor aged 25 - takes precedence for a lot of supporters, although the idea of Real letting him go to United is somewhat utopian.
"We have beaten Tottenham, so we know that we are capable of that, but we need the consistency". Next year - you always hope, of course. But we have a vision and a picture of how we want to look in a few years.
"The Cottagers did score four unanswered goals in the second half of their last home game with Brighton, but they are unlikely to find this new-look United side in as generous a mood".