Liverpool icon claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'won't last long' before being fired by Man Utd


That’s the opinion of Liverpool icon John Aldridge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently overseeing a squad overhaul at Manchester United after a disappointing finish in the Premier League.

After taking over from Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer was successful in lifting morale at Old Trafford, and was credited with getting the fanbase back on the team’s side.

But after a memorable night against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, United struggled domestically and failed to secure european football for next year.

United finished sixth in the Premier League after poor results against already-relegated Huddersfield and Cardiff towards the end of the campaign.

This summer, Solskjaer is expected to wield the axe and sell upwards of five players in order to eliminate any players surplus to requirements, whilst bringing in young new faces.

United are opting for a transfer policy of signing young players, having already secured 21-year-old Daniel James from Swansea, and are believed to be close to agreeing a deal for 22-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

But Aldridge believes Solskjaer is not the right man to develop the young players into a strong squad for next year.

Writing in his column for the Sunday World, the ex-Liverpool man predicted Solskjaer will pay the price for his lack of experience once the Premier League season rolls around again in August.

“Solskjaer appears to be a nice guy, but there is no evidence that he is good enough to lift Manchester United out of their current slump and I believe he will be one of the favourites to be the first managerial casualty of the new season,” Aldridge claimed.

“United appear to be targeting young players in the transfer market and while that is a change of direction that might reap long-term reward, patience will need to be shown by the owners and the fans before they see the benefits of blooding youngsters.

“Will United be content to wait the or three years before these kids they are signing develop into top players?

“I can’t see that happening and this is why I don’t see their current manager lasting too long in the job.

“Solskjaer will do well to see out next season as United manager and I would expect them to try and get Pochettino out of Tottenham sooner rather than later, which is what they should have done when they sacked Mourinho last December.

“Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all need to make big changes to get anywhere near the top two and when I assess what they need to do this summer, I don’t believe they will be title contenders any time soon.”


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