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Why Solskjaer should not be blamed for negative results

Timothy Aiyeku

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not be blamed for the negative results under his reign because the job is bigger than him.

The Reds hero said he faults the decision of Red Devils owners to name the Norwegian manager in the first place.

The Norwegian manager has been under pressure since the start of the season, and it became heightened when he suffered another defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League and later against Turkish outfit Istanbul in the Champions League.

After the 3-1 win against Everton on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got some breathing space. His job has already been linked with former Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool legend said he has never been impressed with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over the job at the Old Trafford.

“I’ve never been a fan of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, I’ve always thought I was a wrong appointment.

“Like Roy Keane said they just win a couple of games and then suddenly, they’re a good team again. You’ve got to earn that right to compete at the top. It must be sustained with consistently good performances, and they’re not doing that at the moment.

“I don’t feel they’ve got enough leaders in the team, and I can’t imagine Ole going in there, pointing fingers and questioning players on their attitude and desire. That is something the players should be demanding from each other.

“The fact that they don’t go out and show a bit more determination in games tells me there’s something really wrong at (Manchester) United.

“The club is too big for him, he’s a bit like David Moyes in that sense.”

“The job itself is a tough act for him. I do feel he’s been let down massively by his senior players. I understand what he’s trying to do there but it’s just not working at the moment.

Jason McAteer said Man United is a winning club and any manager who takes the job must be able to win.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.