Tahith Chong says Norwegian manager has helped him fulfil some of his dreams at Old Trafford but that he must still grab every first-team opportunities that come his way with both hands. U21 Netherlands international arrived at Man United from Feyenoord academy at the age of just 16 having come close to joining rivals Chelsea instead.
Tahith made his senior debut for Red Devils last campaign in the FA Cup but barely played under Jose Mourinho. However, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced him as interim and then permanent coach, Chong believed he would get more chances to prove himself in the first team.
‘When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, the young footballers were lifted,’ The 19-year-old winger said after making his first Premier League appearance of the campaign on Saturday. He had previously been drafted into the side when Man United headed to Paris in March for what seemed to be a dead rubber in the UCL knockout stages.
The Red Devils famously pulled off a sensational 3-1 victory to knock French club out of the competition with Dutch attacker one of three young substitutes during the match Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood also came off the bench.
But Tahith made only one more appearance for the senior side all campaign and had to wait until Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester, when he was a 70th-minute replacement for Juan Mata, to make his Premier League bow this campaign.
However, Chong refused to criticise Norwegian manager for not using him more, instead of heaping the pressure on himself to produce performances that would earn him a more regular place in the club.