Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has moved to try and temper the excitement that is washing around Old Trafford at the moment, saying that the start to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure is nothing to get ‘too sucked in’ to.
Sunday’s win over Spurs saw Solskjaer become the first Manchester United manager in history to win his opening six games in charge of the historic club, with many now suggesting that he should be given the reigns at Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
However, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince has reminded people that before Sunday’s victory at Wembley, United had played Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading – all teams that a team of Manchester United’s stature should be winning – with Ince saying the club should still ‘do whatever they can’ to get Mauricio Pochettino as their next permanent boss.
“We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done. Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left,” Ince told Paddy Power News.
“The shackles are off, but that doesn’t mean that Ole is the right man for the job. I could have gone in and done the same thing, so could Steve Bruce.
“The club shouldn’t be making rash decisions, picking a manager just because he’s had six wins on the bounce, all of which came against below-average sides bar one.
“If he gets the club into the top four, and into the final of the Champions League, then that would be the time when the board should be swayed.
“So, for the next few years what the club need to do is bring in a manager that can seriously get United competing with (Manchester) City and Liverpool and of the options available, Pochettino is the man to do that.
“I believe he should be Man United’s number one choice for the job and they should do whatever they can to get him.”
In Solskjaer’s brief time at the club, Manchester United have closed the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea from 11 to six points, while they have drawn level on points with Arsenal, having been eight points behind just five games ago.