Manchester United opinion: Positives & Negatives of Solskjaer’s appointment
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as the permanent manager of Manchester United, four months after he was handed over the caretaker duty from Jose Mourinho. (h/t ESPN)
The Norwegian legend, who played for the Red Devils back in the day, has signed a three-year deal with the club. He left Molde and came straight to Old Trafford Jose Mourinho was sacked (h/t ESPN).
Since then, the 46-year-old has turned fortunes here and the positive results are the proof of that.
Now, with the permanent appointment done, it is vital that Solskjaer leads his team to Champions League qualification at the end of this season. If that happens, then the financial backing in the summer transfer window would be easier to ask for.
Next up, let’s take a look at the positives and negatives that adjoins with this afternoon’s big announcement:
1) Backing of the fans and Sir Alex’s wisdom
We all know that Solskjaer is one of the fan favourites at Old Trafford. Hence, it won’t be wrong to say that the Norwegian might get more time when compared to other managers to rebuild this team even if negative phases come along the way.
Secondly, it has been well-documented that Sir Alex Ferguson have been providing some wise inputs since Solskjaer arrived at the hotseat. Furthermore, with Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick as the support staff, the former United striker has good company to work his magic with.
2) Good man-management skills and promoting youth
In his short time at the club, we have seen how Solskjaer has rejuvenated a rather pale looking squad. That speaks highly about his man-management skills.
The Norwegian speaks well in press conferences and inspires people around him to work according to a plan. He instructs the players to play for the badge and give their all until the last second of the match.
Moreover, he has stressed on promoting youth and offering them enough chances to shine at the big stage. The first example was set when Marcus Rashford was given the central striker role, a position where the youngster prefers to play.
1) Tactical Evolution
Solskjaer’s previous stint as a Premier League manager came at Cardiff City, and it is fair to say, things didn’t really work out for him there.
The Norwegian has struggled when teams come up with different tactics to nullify the plan A put out by him.
The best example was when PSG came to Old Trafford and did a number on United. The manager didn’t have many answers to the questions that were posed by the French champions.
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2) Managerial inexperience at the top level
Whenever a manager of Manchester United is hired, people look at his managerial history to understand his philosophy and the know-how of handling extreme pressure.
In that case, Solskjaer is way short of the mark. His inexperience of top-level management may come to haunt him, but the good thing is that he has the support of Mike Phelan alongside to help whenever required.