That is the question! And it is difficult to come up with an answer. Now, had the question been, ‘why did some love Solskjær as a player’? then that’s an easy one. He played for Manchester United and, although the majority of his time there was spent on the bench, he did manage to cement his place in the Old Trafford history books.

Not only did he achieve this by scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champion’s League final, having come off the bench AGAIN, he also managed to be United’s most successful goal-scoring substitute during his time at the club. He quickly reached the stage at United whereby if a goal was needed then the manager would send Ole on to get it, which he often did.

So he was loved by supporters during the playing stage of his career in football. However, having taken the step into management he is finding that the garden is not quite as rosy.

Having guided Cardiff City from the Premier League to 17th in the Championship before the inevitable parting of ways, it was assumed by many that his time in top flight English football was over. Then completely out of the blue, Manchester United, in the form of the clueless Ed Woodward, gave him a call.

United had just sacked José Mourinho and needed a caretaker manager until the end of the season. The rest, as we all know, is history.

Now, having been manager of United for 3 years and having spent £400 million on new players, many supporters are asking, quite rightly, why he has won absolutely nothing and, consequently, why is he still the manager.

Conversely, and more interestingly, there are also many supporters who think he is doing a good job and should be given even more time to bring home the bacon.

They cite style of play as having improved, squad unity and general feel-good factor. In fairness, they can’t cite much else because he hasn’t done anything else.

The same supporters also tend to rattle on about the record unbeaten run away from home as though this is fair compensation for failing to win a trophy. They quote the number of times the team has scored 5 goals or more in a match whilst conveniently forgetting that those games tended to be against teams near the foot of the table, (eg Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton).

They like to mention the players Ole has brought in although it is highly doubtful he had very much to do with the signings of Cavani, Ronaldo and Varane. Others, such as Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Jadon Sancho, who do appear to be there because of the manager, can’t get in the team either because they’re not deemed good enough or they are suffering from loss of form.

His good signings include Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. His only excellent signing was, without doubt, Bruno Fernandes but it all still adds up to around £400 million spent and nothing to show for it except a group of very costly players.

His big game losses are becoming things of legend. It doesn’t matter how many times his fan club go on about him having won more games than he’s lost the fact is that, when it comes to really important games, he is out-thought by the opposition manager EVERY time. This has been the case in FOUR semi-finals and one final which he lost to the SEVENTH best team in Spain, having been relegated from the Champion’s League because he couldn’t muster ONE point from the last TWO games.

He is defended by ex-team mate pundits, or rather, they refuse to put the boot in as they would with ANY other manager with the same record. Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville never have a bad word to say about him yet they were all very critical of José Mourinho who, in less time than Solskjær has been there, won the Carabao Cup, the Europa League and the Community Shield!

So the mystery of why the Norwegian is liked as a manager remains exactly that – a mystery!

Yes he is a nice guy, yes he was a great substitute but no, he is not a good manager and his performance at Manchester United more than proves that.

Some delusional fans need to wake up and smell the coffee, as do the hierarchy at the club.

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