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Solskjaer not the right appointment for Manchester United – Jenas

Jermaine Jenas does not think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United’s permanent manager was the right one.

Solskjaer’s return to Manchester United in December immediately brought about a change in fortunes for the Old Trafford outfit, winning 14 of his first 18 games in charge.

However, since his caretaker spell in charge was made permanent, things have not gone so well, with the Red Devils having won just two of their last seven, losing the other five.

When asked on BBC Radio 5Live if the appointment of Solskjaer was the right one, former Spurs midfielder Jenas said: “No. I felt it was an emotional decision and in any business it should be a thought-out logical decision for the long term.

“One of the things they need to get away from is ‘the Manchester United way’ and ‘that’s not the way they used to do it’. What Sir Alex Ferguson did was very unique and United have found it very difficult to replicate with some of the best managers in the world.

“Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City didn’t say ‘what did Mancini and Pellegrini do to win the league?’ He came in and did what he wanted to do.

“Jurgen Klopp did that at Liverpool, he had his own style. That’s what United need, I don’t think they need to try and find someone who can get close to what Ferguson has done, they need to find [a new identity]. Mourinho tried to do that but the club didn’t buy into it.

“I don’t think they know what they’re doing.”

Read: Solskjaer warns there will be ‘no quick fix’ for Manchester United in summer transfer market

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