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Features: Don’t Take My Ole Gunnar Solskjær Away

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Barely a month ago, Manchester United was in crisis after a roller coaster of poor result which left them 11 points adrift of top 4. The final nail in the coffin was a 3-1 defeat to arch-rival Liverpool.

For a moment this season, They became the banter boys with so many name-calling weeks in, week out with little hope of a turnaround.

Transfer disaster, boring football, Player-Manager problem among others started making headlines at the Theater of a dream, it all looked doomed…..

In step Olé Gunnar Solskjaer ‘the super-sub’, like in 1999 to turn things around. At first, it seemed even strange than Man United’s current identity crisis considering OGS managerial record in the premier league (3-3-12) averaging a disappointing 0.67 points per game which lasted for just 18 matches.

A decision which brought shock and criticism from sports pundits around the globe famously Harry Redknapp who thought Man United should have gone in for a more experienced manager

“I wouldn’t bet on them to be in the top six, to be honest with you,” he told talkSPORT.

It was a big shock to me when his [Solskjaer’s] name got mentioned yesterday. I thought a Steve Bruce or somebody if they’re looking for a short-term appointment until the end of the year. He knows the game, he knows the club – he captained the club.

“Someone like that I thought might go in and take it until the end of the season.

“Solskjaer didn’t strike me as being the person for the time. He looks a nice lad but he doesn’t strike me as being a manager of Man United.

“I think the Bruce’s of this world… I could see him being more of a leader and being someone to go in there and hit them.” – Harry Redknapp.

A month on and the feel-good factor is back at Old Trafford. The smiley face assassin together with his more experienced assistant Mike Phelan has restored some dignity to the club on a back of a six games winning streak. Sir Alex Ferguson, the player, the staff and more importantly the supporters are all happy not just about the current run of a good result but also the club regain its identity.

Now the Million dollar question: Who should Ed Woodward appoint a new permanent manager?

It is Manchester United, arguably the most important job in football. Many possible candidates have been rumored for the job and the list is likely to increase from now to the season end; Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone, Laurent Blanc among many others.

As a boyhood Man United fan, If Solskjaer is to build on what he’s started and deliver top 4 football with this same excitement and considering the fact that he has his eyes set on the job full time, Then together with the Stretford end am regaining my voice and declaring my stand; Don’t take my Solskjaer away 📣

By: Richard Asamoah
Aspiring Sports Writer
Manchester United fan
Freelance

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