Is Solskjær On Borrowed Time At Manchester United?

Posted: December 1, 2019 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is not an Old Trafford legend in the true sense of the word. He is not up there with Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. He is remembered, primarily, as the substitute who came on and scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champion’s League final.

He scored many other goals during his Manchester United career with the vast majority of them being scored as a substitute. In other words, he wasn’t considered good enough to start for the first team on a regular basis. This alone prevents him from being a fully-fledged legend.

He is also a nice guy. He is too nice for the job he is currently doing which is one of the reasons as to why he isn’t doing it very well. He will never be a legendary manager.

Nobody, other than the the demagogue Ed Woodward, really knows why Solskjær was handed the keys to Manchester United. He has no experience of managing a top club. His only other Premier League experience was with a club with which he was relegated and, by the time he was fired a short time later, was languishing in the depths of the Championship.

This new-ish idea of bringing in somebody who “knows the club” is hardly any guarantee that they will be a successful manager. From which planet did Ed Woodward receive this advice?!

He was accepted by the fans because of his status as a player and he was always going to be given a chance by the Old Trafford faithful but even they are growing weary of his erratic and amateurish management decisions and press interviews.

Of course Solskjær is certainly not being helped by his backroom staff. Mike Phelan, who was less of a legend than Fred the Red and is only well known because he was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, was woeful whilst in charge of Hull City and was plucked from total obscurity in Australia by his new boss.


One of the Three Stooges who appear to bring nothing to the club

Michael Carrick has been given a coaching job because, like Ole, he is a nice guy. What other reason could there be? There is certainly no evidence of his passing ability on the pitch as the players find it extremely difficult to find each other with the ball! So what else does he train them on? Not much that we can see.

Finally there is Kieran McKenna. Who is Kieran McKenna? We don’t really know and can’t be bothered researching him due to his total lack of influence on anything the team does.

Tactically Solskjær is very naive but, as we said, he gets absolutely no help from his staff or, if he does, he needs to start ignoring them!

He frequently leaves any substitutions until after the 80th minute and, also frequently, will bring on a defender or defensive midfielder when chasing a winning goal, taking off a forward in the process.

Every post-match interview at present involves an annoyingly smiling Solskjær making statements like “the boys will learn from this”, or “we have to be ready for the next game” when, in actual fact, the boys don’t appear to be learning anything and recent results would suggest they are rarely, if ever, ready for the next game.

How much longer can he last? Well the next two games could give us a clue. He will hope his boys have learned enough and are ready for Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. He will then hope his boys have learned even more and are ready for !Manchester City next Saturday.

Our guess is that the boys have learnt very little and are not ready for either game but, just as Woodward was quite trigger-happy with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho, he seems to be quite reluctant to even point the gun as far as Solskjær is concerned.

He needn’t worry, for once he will probably have the fans backing on this one and the bang from the gun can’t be too far away now!

  1. RedMe says:

    The job is to big for OGS. When you make Young or Lingard captain of the team you are either blind or stupid. The back room staff is terrible and inadequate with no experience whatsoever any of them with the exception of Phelan. But don’t forget the players, they are not good either. De Gea seems to have gone from one of the best keepers to one of the worst. Midfield we don’t have anybody there. Marcus Rashford needs to do it all by himself no wonder he misses so much. Martial no contribution whatsoever to the team. Has any of those players any pride? They, like the manager, don’t even look disappointed when they lose. Only the supporters are hurting by these terrible performances we see every week. OGS you may have the best job in the world but you are making us the worst football team in the league so if you really have that deep love for Manchester United RESIGN please.

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