Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet another appointment by Manchester United that has divided the fanbase.
The Norwegian came in and gave the Red Devils a boost from all the poor results they had suffered under the last days of Jose Mourinho’s reign. Solskjaer managed a famous win against Arsenal along the way during his initial days, having fans and former players chanting “Ole’s at the wheel” in unison.
However, the results stopped coming as soon as they started. United failed to collect most of their expected points at the business end of last season, leading them to finish 6th, 4 points behind the Gunners who were struggling equally.
A significant portion of the fanbase had turned on the former Cardiff City manager by then. A lot of fans started to speculate Ole barely has any tactical prowess and had been just riding the confidence boost from Mourinho’s sacking. The United boss was often nicknamed ‘the PE teacher’ due to how disorganised and sub par the squad looked.
However, although it has taken time and a few transfers to do it, the 46-year-old is slowly gaining the stability he desperately needed.
As recently as this week, the former Red Devil managed to beat Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the first ever manager to beat Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the same week. Clearly, that is no small feat, especially considering the recent performance levels of these sides.
The Mancunians were set up perfectly in almost every tactical aspect and managed to get the job done in good fashion. There were clear signs of improvement among the players who were getting accustomed to their manager’s philosophy.
Furthermore, the Baby-faced Assassin managed to best Frank Lampard’s Chelsea twice and fetch handsome results against the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.
Not any former player can just walk in and achieve this at a failing side. Things may have not been working out according to schedule but there are clear signs of improvement – the kind of improvement that some ‘PE teacher’ would be incapable of doing.
It is quite undeniable that the ex-Molde man is exceptional at setting up a deep block side that can be lethal on when counter attacking.
Just over a week ago, the Old Trafford outfit were sitting 10th on the league table and now find themselves slingshoted up to 5th place, just 5 points off slipping into a Champions League spot occupied by Chelsea.
Failing to replace outgoing transfers may have kept the Manchester giants from progressing quicker, but it’s only a matter of time until the gaffer fixes that up as well.