Fantasy Premier League

Solskjaer effect paying off for Norwegian FPL managers

22 Feb 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba

Man Utd caretaker manager is boosting loyal compatriots' prospects in FPL

Norwegian Fantasy Premier League managers are putting greater faith in Manchester United players after the return of compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has eight wins and a draw in the Premier League since taking over in December and in that time Norwegian managers have responded by picking United players more regularly than the six million managers around the rest of world.

100,654 United players were included in Norwegian managers' squads for Gameweek 17, Jose Mourinho’s last as manager. For Gameweek 26, this has risen to 268,163, an increase of 161 per cent and 35 per cent higher than managers from the rest of the world.

Reaping rewards

The trend continues with starting XIs; FPL managers in Norway picked 170,460 United players for the 3-0 win at Craven Cottage, more than 100,000 up on Gameweek 17 and a 152 per cent uplift compared with a rise of 124 per cent for other nationalities.

The support for Solskjaer is paying dividends, with Norwegian managers occupying 10 positions in the top 50 in the global league.

Only England has as many in the top 50 but has almost 12 times more FPL players than Norway.

Could this be the year a Norwegian manager wins the FPL title for the first time?

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