Martin Keown has lavished praise on Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after watching the Red Devils continued their rejuvenation under the Norwegian.
Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United were drab, defensive and dull, as the players seemingly downed tools under the Portuguese. However, they have sprung to life under Solskjaer’s stewardship, with their 4-1 defeat of Bournemouth taking their goal tally to 12 in his first three games, with seven different players getting on the scoresheet.
Discussing the achievements of Solksjaer during his two weeks at the club, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown described the Man Utd legend as ‘a football specialist’.
“Solskjaer, coming in there [at Manchester United], has done a remarkable job,” Keown said on BBC’s MOTD.
“We talked about putting smiles back on faces, he’s not a comedian, he’s a football specialist and he understands the environment.”
Much has been made of the fact that Manchester United players are looking happier under the new regime, but asked if the Norwegian had been patronised for just bringing a positivity to Manchester United, Keown likened Solskjaer’s role to that of England boss, Gareth Southgate, who steered the three lions to a most unexpected World Cup semi-final.
“I think he is a little bit [being patronised]. We’re talking about a football specialist and I think that there is a likeness here to Southgate. He’s the FA’s man, Solskjaer is their man as well,” he
“We shouldn’t underestimate him. I think there is an opportunity for him, a massive opportunity.
“The way that he has changed that football club in just a matter of matches is really outstanding.”