Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he is delighted to see Blades skipper Ollie Norwood doing so well.
Norwood has worn the armband this season with Billy Sharp sitting on the bench. Alongside John Fleck and John Lundstram, Norwood has anchored an impressed three man midfield for the Blades.
The Northern Irish international is born and bred in Lancashire. Indeed, he started his career with Manchester United before failing to make the grade.
However, current United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists it is a nod to the success of Manchester United with how well Norwood has done.
“Ollie Norwood – I had him in the Reserves – to see him captaining a Premier League club is great,” Solskjaer said (Man United official website).
“It’s testament to us as a club as well that if you don’t make it at Man United you can still have a great career and Oliver has done fantastic.”
Norwood has won three successive promotions from the Championship. He helped guide Fulham and Brighton to the top-flight previously. He is now flourishing in Chris Wilder’s expansive system, sitting as a deep-lying playmaker.
How Norwood has taken his Premier League chance
Despite winning those three promotions, Norwood has never been given his chance in the Premier League. That has changed under Chris Wilder, who sees him as integral.
He retired from international duty in the summer. That move was to prolong his top-flight career and give him the best chance of being fit for the Blades on a regular basis. It’s a decision what seems to be paying dividends.
Norwood is arguably in the form of his life. He is the glue that knits the Blades XI together. Seemingly always available and rarely giving the ball away.
After seeing Fulham last season, it does make you wonder why they didn’t want him. Having that said, one team’s loss is another team’s gain.
Ollie Norwood deserves this and he deserves to lead his team out against his old manager Solskjaer today. If he can help the Blades to a win, then it will cap this particular story off nicely.