Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's former Norway team-mate Brede Hangeland feels his countryman has already transformed the clouded mentality of the Manchester United players, just days after taking over as the caretaker manager.

Solskjaer was put in temporary charge after Jose Mourinho was sacked last week, and the Norwegian’s first game in charge of Manchester United saw the Red Devils beat Cardiff City 5-1 away from home on Saturday.

Manchester United looked easier on the eye against Cardiff and scored five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the club.

Hangeland believes his former Norway team-mate has managed to have a positive impact on the players already and that showed on the pitch against Cardiff as the Red Devils played with more freedom.

“In my job covering the Premier League we were of course in Cardiff to witness Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s debut as Manchester United manager”, Hangeland wrote in his column for Fulham’s official website.

“In a display of free-flowing football his team were completely transformed in just six days since they had been played off the park at Anfield.

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“Just by changing the outlook in the minds of the players, Solskjaer managed to get the best out of a group of players that had been suffering from clouded minds for too long.”

Manchester United next take on Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Boxing Day and will hope to make it two wins in as many league games for the first time in more than a month.