Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a complete revelation at Manchester United since he has come in to manage the team and whilst it was never in the plans for Solskjaer to take the helm permanently, his recent form suggests that he may very well be in with a shout. My good friend and United fan Louis Hernandez Jr believes that he has put himself in the perfect position to get the job and he believes that he does in fact deserve it. I must confess that I don’t quite agree with this, but I can understand the thinking behind it, let’s take a look at both sides of the coin.
Why He Shouldn’t Get It
For me Solskjaer has been little more than a wonderful and helpful cheerleader at Manchester United, much in the way that Tim Sherwood was when he came in to help Tottenham. Under Sherwood’s tenure he brought in Adebayor after Villas-Boas had pretty much sent him out to pasture. Adebayor was brilliant, of course he was given his long lay off, and Sherwood lapped up the plaudits, in truth it was a decision that even a fan would have made, making Sherwoods exploits less than special. Solskjaer has done a similar thing here, they say he has ‘put a smile on everyone’s face’ which may not have been too difficult given the draconian treatment which they received under Mourinho. Solskjaer has done very well but that is down to him giving players belief rather than the tactical tools to do the job. Twice Solskjaer has faced a tactical battle against the big boys, they lost the game but won the match to Spurs, and lost against PSG in the crucial Champions League clash. Perfect for now, but that will be all Ole.
Why He Should
Manchester United have very much lost their identity since Ferguson went, something which they have usually maintained over the years in spite of managerial changes. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer however, is the embodiment of the Manchester United way and he will bring the team back to its former success, or at least play a key role in kickstarting that process. Solskjaer has cut his teeth in management, the Cardiff job was an experience which he’ll have learned from and he will also have learned a lot from his time with Molde. We have seen what Zidane has done with Real in his first managerial job, and we have seen what Guardiola did with both Barca B and Barcelona during his first jobs, there is nothing to prevent Solskjaer from doing the same at United. If Ole is able to lead this team to 4th spot in the Premier League then he simply has to be considered for the job, he knows the club, he understands the weight of the position, he is likable, marketable and he can put together a great team of footballers, watch this space.
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