Is Ole the right man to take Manchester United back to their glory days?

Ethan Todd and Lewis Thompson debate whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right

multiple writers
17th November 2020

Lately, there has been plentiful critique and skepticism from Manchester United fans as to whether the Norwegian is the right man to resurrect them to their former glory days, times of which the red devils are growing impatient for to return.

It is evident that on multiple occasions Solskjaer has proven he has the potential and skill to be the manager of Manchester United and given time will restore them to their former glory.

First off, his spell as caretaker manager has seemingly been brushed under the carpet by football fans which is criminal considering he achieved 10 wins from 13 games, including the infamous comeback victory against Paris Saint Germain.

"Given time [he] will restore them to their former glory"

His positive impact on the squad was immediate as they were 5-1 winners against Cardiff on 22 December 2018 and victories in the following four games was the first manager to do so at United since Sir Matt Busby in 1946.

As well as this, he guided them to a third-place position thus securing champions league football, essential for a club of United’s history and stature.

Although he has not been able to maintain this level of form due to inconsistency and freak results; he has comprised a squad full of elite level players and given time will come good together and likely fire on all cylinders.

They boast an array of attacking talent who rival that of any team in the league, including the likes of; De Gea, Maguire, Pogba, Rashford, and the jewel in the crown that is Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese international has been a revelation since joining from Sporting and has added an integral component Solskjaer needed.

Additionally, the likes of Alex Telles, one of the most sought-after left-sided full-backs in the world, and Donny Van de Beek who shone for Ajax in the Champions League last year, adds serious depth of quality to their already star-studded squad.

Unfortunately, the board did not back Ole fully as they didn’t secure the signing of Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who would have added more elite-level brilliance to their squad and pushes for positive and attacking football which many fans feel was missing under Mourinho.

Many of Solskjaer's critics claim that he is tactically inept at the top level. However, he has proved this is not the case with big wins against PSG and beating Pep's Manchester City side three times. Although, admittedly, there have been some shocking results under Ole, such as the 6-1 thrashing by Mourinho’s Spurs.

Given that he is a former player treasured by the fans, a manager who still requires more of a chance in elite football, and given some of the fantastic signings made under his regime; it is my opinion that United fans need patience with the baby faced assassin to get them back to the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ethan Todd


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a heavy amount of criticism ever since he has appointed permanent manager of the Red Devils back in March 2019. However, with Mauricio Pochettino currently without a managerial roll, many fans have been left wondering if Ole is the right man to put United back on top of English football.

Here are my reasons as to why I feel the Norwegian is not the right man to bring back success at Manchester United.

Since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013, most people will agree that in general United not gone in the fans' desired direction. Managers have come and gone, hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent, and the owners have received numerous amounts of condemnation from fans. Although Jose Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup, and Louis Van Gaal won the FA Cup, their impact on the club has been largely forgotten. This is based on the stature of Manchester United and the fact they are judged on Premier League titles and Champions League victories, something they have not achieved since the great Scotsman departed.

"Although Jose Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double, and Louis Van Gaal won the FA Cup, their impact on the club has been largely forgotten"

Bringing Ole into the club seemed like a huge gamble with the only real argument behind him being his 1999 UEFA Champions League final stoppage-time winner over Bayern Munich. He started well, going on a fantastic run of wins at the start of his interim spell as- well as knocking out PSG in the Champions League in what was an historic night in Paris.

However, suddenly, the ‘honeymoon’ period came swiftly to an end, with many claiming that the "wheels had come off" when he became the permanent manager of United. With this being Ole’s second full season in charge of the club, I feel like his time is slowly coming to an end. Having the most expensive defender in the world amongst your resources makes your club stand out and puts pressure on both the player and manager. However, as well all know Harry Maguire has fallen short of being the leader and organiser he used to be. The Englishman was at fault for both goals when Spurs were leading 2-1 at Old Trafford- Spurs went on to thrash the Red Devils 6-1 in an unforgettable game.

Nothing seems to be working for Ole at the minute. Credit has been awarded to the manager for the signing of Bruno Fernandes, which has paid dividends for United. But with the likes of Pogba still struggling to find his best position, Van De Beek getting barely any minutes when we all know what the Dutchman is capable of, and all in all, United are a team that looks disheartened and struggles to take control of most games that they play in. United look like they will get back to their best.

They have now been outplayed by the likes of Crystal Palace and Brighton, and unless the club embarks on a good solid run of wins, confidence from the fans and the board will slowly disappear in the manager.

However, with recent success again against Leipzig and PSG in the Champions League and a big win over Everton yesterday, you can't predict what will happen in the world of football. For me, Pochettino seems to be the better option for the club, but will he want to potentially harm his successful reputation

Lewis Thompson

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