Jamie Carragher doesn’t think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to lead Manchester United back to their former glories, and expects him to be replaced by an ‘established, elite coach’.
Solskjaer’s interim appointment last December saw an instant, albeit temporary turnaround in Manchester United‘s fortunes, with the Red Devils winning 14 of the first 17 games under the Norwegian, though his permanent appointment in the March of 2019 saw the club’s results revert to what had gone before.
They have started the 2019/20 campaign in a similar fashion, winning just two of their opening six Premier League games, scraping past Astana in the Europa League and needing penalties to get past Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, with a lack of creative talent and clinical goalscorers in the team seemingly being their Achilles heel.
The Manchester United board said last week that they are in it for the long-haul with Solskjaer, though former Liverpool defender Carragher reckons ‘he will never lead United to a Premier League title’ and will ultimately be replaced by an ‘elite coach’
“To me, Solskjaer still resembles an interim manager – in place to clear the dressing room of expensive, under-performing names and put the spine of a team together for his successor,” Carragher writes in the Daily Telegraph.
“In my view he will never lead United to a Premier League title or win the Champions League because even if he achieves the goal of restoring stability, I believe he will be replaced by an established, elite coach.
“It may not be in his nature, but that is why it has reached the stage where it would be wise of Solskjaer to help himself more by putting pressure on those above to make more signings during the January transfer window as he may not be in charge for another one.
“He should also take a firm decision by immediately appointing Harry Maguire captain.
“He can be empowered to take such big decisions by his popularity.
“Such is the admiration for Solskjaer, when Woodward announced this week he will be given time there was no outpouring of discontent from United’s fans as they believe the bigger problems lie elsewhere within the club.”
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