Well… I didn’t see that coming. As an Arsenal fan I was pretty happy with Manchester United’s demise under Mourinho and only imagined how much worse it was going to get during a transition of managers. But my god has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked wonders in the red half of Manchester.
To the new fans out there, this is not Ole’s first Premier League management gig, and seeing how that went, some fans didn’t even want him at Manchester United. Back in January 2014, Solskjaer was appointed manager of Cardiff City, who were lying one point of the relegation zone at that point. Fast forward to May, the Bluebirds were rock bottom and were sent straight back to the English Championship and haven’t seen Premier League action again until this current season (which will probably end the same way). Previously however, Ole enjoyed much domestic success with Molde of the Norwegian league.
Following the sack of Jose Mourinho in December, Solskjaer immediately won manager of the month in January, led United to the Champions League quarter finals past PSG and have surged back into the Champions League qualification battle. Having already won more games than Mourinho this season in his first two months in charge as caretaker manager, many fans have called on the club to make the managerial move permanent. Expressing his love for the club, Ole has made it clear his intentions to stay beyond this season…. Should he?
The odds are pretty damn high, and rightfully so, no manager has had a larger impact in this short amount of time in Premier League history. When you weigh in the expectations of the monster club that Manchester United is, that makes everything much more impressive and to improve results and morale immediately upon arriving shows that the players are behind the manager. From all sides, it looks like a sure deal, especially considering his ties with the club during his playing career.
But, just for fun let’s play devil’s advocate at why he may not receive the permanent job. This is goddamn Manchester United… one of the biggest clubs in the world. Next season, after such an improved performance under him, the expectations will be through the roof. Is such an inexperienced manager ready for that pressure?
When he came in for Mourinho in December, pressure was off and now that he has made a name for himself this season, call it game on… Your move Manchester United.
Agree? Disagree? Go chat with Andrew about it on twitter @DiefDorf.