After the sack of Jose Mourinho, United appointed Ole as the interim manager until the end of the 2018/2019 season while they find a suitable coach to take over the managerial position next season. Ole Gunner Solskjaer is regarded as a United legend after spending 11 years of his playing career at the club but is that enough reason to give him job?
Ole Gunner Solskjaer started his managerial career coaching the Manchester United reserves in 2008, where he led the young United players to win the Premier Reserve League in 2009/2010 season and he also won other reserve trophies during his time there. He left United reserve team and went back to his home country Norway to take over Molde in 2011. He had a good spell in Norway winning the Tippeligaen consecutively in his first 2 seasons and the Norwegian Football Cup in 2013.
Ole went back to England to take over Cardiff City in the EPL in January 2014 where he had a devastating outing as a manager. He managed Cardiff City for 30 games winning just 9 games and losing 16 matches during his 9 months spell at the club which saw Cardiff relegated back to the Championship. He then went back to Molde where he enjoyed good success in his country. Manchester United signed Ole on loan for the remainder of the season and he would return to Molde in summer of 2019 as they are on break and will resume in March.
From Ole’s coaching journey he has shown his impeccable character, he knows how to handle the youth players and get the best out of them, he works better when there is little or no pressure. We saw how he struggled with Cardiff but exceled at Molde where he is given time and space to work and get the best out the team.
He meets a United team in shambles, and no clear plan both from the technical staff and the board. With his appointment, many United fans has shifted their attention to the board to provide a clear plan for the progress of the club while Ole is left with little pressure from the fans to deliver anything significant but steady the ship and stroke the egos of some players as they wait for their permanent manager next season.
The British media and other fanbase will still demand the utmost success from Ole during his short spell at the club, and he would be considered a failure if he doesn’t take United into the top 4 and mount a significant challenge in the FA Cup and the Champions League. Ole will have a tough task on his hands in trying to find the balance and the right formation for the team.
With Ole’s appointment, we will see the return of Paul Pogba into the staring XI after being exiled to the bench by Mourinho, also new signing Fred will be given more responsibilities in the squad. I believe Ole will do a good job at United because with the exit of Jose there is breath of fresh air from the dressing room, the coach says they are all happy and motivated, and with the quality United has Ole will be able to show England how talented they are.
United will travel to Cardiff on Saturday as Ole takes heads his first game in-charge of United against his previous team.