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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Gets More Time Than Other Coaches Because He Is 'Child' Of Manchester United

Adnan Riaz

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Gets More Time Than Other Coaches Because He Is 'Child' Of Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only had “more time” at Manchester United than other managers because he is a “child of the club,” according to Danny Blind.

The 48-year-old Norwegian arrived at Old Trafford in 2018 as caretaker manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.


United’s turn of fortunes in the 2018-19 season saw Solskjaer land the position permanently, but he has still come under scathing criticism over his management.

Solskjaer led United to second place in the Premier League last season, but his side suffered an early exit from the Champions League and eventually lost in the final of the Europa League to Villarreal.

United reinforced in the summer and brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, with pressure mounting on Solskjaer to lift major silverware as a manager.

The Red Devils have experienced mixed results at the start of the current season, with United dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the third round by West Ham.

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Blind remains unconvinced by Solskjaer’s reign at United and questioned the identity of his team and the Norwegian’s plan.

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The Ajax legend, who is the father of former United left-back Daley Blind, believes that Solskjaer’s hero status at Old Trafford has allowed him to have more time than other coaches.

“What is the identity of this team?” Blind asked. “What is his plan? It is exactly that what is missing with Solskjaer.

“It does not always have to be full pressing, but we don’t see any of it -- everything in the United team is based on the individual qualities of players.

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“They have those qualities and it often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result. It has not been looking good in a number of matches. United struggle to be dominant -- that is the whole problem.

“After they took the lead against Everton, they started to wait for them in their own half. They want to score on the counter. But that is not good enough for a club like Manchester United.

“The next thing that you see is how they struggle to turn the game around when Everton equalised. They hardly created any chances.”

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He continued: “We cannot say that Solskjaer has had a long career at [the] top level as a manager before United.

“Yes, he was a champion in Norway. But that is a different level. I know why he gets more time than other coaches, he is a child of the club.

“He scored that legendary goal in 1999 which helped them win the Champions League. But all that is not enough for what is being produced right now.”

United will return to action on 16th October against Leicester City at the King Power.

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Topics: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Football

Adnan Riaz
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