Manchester United’s fans well and truly got their Christmas wishes answered by Santa this year with the clubs dismissal of Jose Mourinho as manager on the 18th December. The Red Devils hierarchy turned to former fans favourite and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take interim charge until the end of the season and the transformation has been nothing short of scintillating as they currently top the form table alongside Liverpool with fifteen points out of a possible eighteen in the last six matches. Central to this upsurge in form appears to be a loosening of the defensive shackles employed by the Special One, that has seen the likes of Marcus Rashford  (£9.64) and Paul Pogba (£16.44) unleashed on the opposition.

It was often argued that Marcus Rashford’s development was being hindered by Jose Mourinho’s tactics where he would often find himself playing wide left rather than in his preferred position of straight through the middle. Ever since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager, the Norwegian has thrust Rashford straight into his preferred central striking position and has immediately reaped the benefits. The young England forward has plundered four goals and an assist since the former super sub Solskjaer has taken over the reins at Old Trafford and has firmly demoted £90 Million man Romelu Lukaku (£4.53) to a supporting role from the bench only in recent times.

This can only be an exciting development for Gareth Southgate and England fans. But the upsurge in form hasn’t gone underappreciated on the Football Index either. Just seven days ago Rashford was available at a price of £8.34 a share, yet as of this morning he is up a humongous £1.26 a share. That represents a rise of 15% in a matter of days. The catalyst for the rise is undoubtedly his strike against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley yesterday as the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory witnessed his price £0.91 alone.

Another player who has been transformed under Solskjaer’s tutelage has been firm Index favourite, Paul Pogba. In the immediate aftermath of the news that Mourinho had been dismissed by Ed Woodward, Pogba’s price actually tumbled with traders fearing that the media’s obsession with the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would dissipate, but it is actually his football that is now setting tongues and Index’s portfolios wagging. A stunning assist for Rashford’s decisive goal yesterday means that he has now scored on four occasions and assisted on a further four since the Norwegian’s appointment and the media quite simply hasn’t stopped talking about the Frenchman. Since Mourinho’s departure he has collected £0.68 in Media Dividends alone. It is therefore little surprise that his price has rocketed from lows of £11.75 in the last month, up by £4.55 a share. Phenomenal growth.

The huge upturn in form of Manachester United under Solskjaer’s guidance in making waves in football as they gun for the a top 4 slot in the Premier League but it is also having a massive impact on Football Index. Did you get on either Rashford or Pogba?