5 reasons why Manchester United should appoint Solskjaer as the permanent manager
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was selected as the caretaker Manager for Manchester United, there was an air of positivity around Old Trafford, as much from Mourinho's departure as from the appointment of a purebred Red Devil at the helm of the team. The expectations were simple - damage limitation.
When he took over, Manchester United were slipping dangerously away from the top of the table. United was a club in shambles; they were losing to their fiercest rivals and their performance on the field was poor. Mourinho's brand of football had started to take the club away from its identity and United were reduced to just spectators in the title challenge. Even a top four spot looked unachievable under the Portuguese, which was why he was asked to leave.
Solskjaer was not asked to mount a title challenge but was tasked with rejuvenating United's season, while also entertaining the Old Trafford faithful. A top-four spot was the primary aim, but the main target was to create a respectable basis for a permanent manager to take over in the Summer. The Norwegian was asked to hold the damage - he was only under contract until the end of the season.
Contrary to expectations, Solskjaer has almost turned United's season around. Mathematically, 8 wins from his first 8 games is the highest return possible, which has made him the darling of the United fans again. As such, the Norwegian is perhaps providing the greatest audition ever for a full-time job and here are five reasons why the upper management at Old Trafford should give him the full-time job.
#5 Knowledge of the club's roots
Manchester United is steeped in history. The club's image warrants a big character at the helm, as managing the big name players and the ethics of the club, while also delivering on the field required a strong hand. The Baby Faced Assassin looks to have the character and the attitude to manage his players because he has got the best out of them so far. But his greatest asset is his knowledge of the club.
Solskjaer played under Sir Alex Ferguson and has admitted that he has learnt a lot about football management from the great Scot. As such, the Norwegian is no stranger to the working of the club, the requirements and expectations that go hand in hand with the name of Manchester United.
He knows very well what it means to be at Manchester United and this is what makes him the perfect candidate to take the club forward.