Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting full-time Manchester United job ‘a CRAZY, CRAZY decision’, says former Chelsea star Craig Burley
Manchester United have been hammered for giving in to ‘sentimental claptrap’ by appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager.
Craig Burley, the former Chelsea midfielder and regular talkSPORT pundit, believes the Red Devils made a ‘crazy decision’ by giving the Norwegian the top job at Old Trafford last week.
Solskjaer has given the whole club a lift since he came in as caretaker boss to replace Jose Mourinho in December.
But he wasn’t smiling on Tuesday night, as United suffered their third defeat in four matches with a 2-1 loss against Wolves.
The result is a huge blow the club’s top four hopes, which Solskjaer had resurrected after overseeing a remarkable turnaround in form. Now, though, the wheels appear to have come off.
And Burnley believes the Premier League giants have made a big mistake.
“The decision to give Solskjaer the job full-time, I think it’s a crazy, crazy decision, particularly now before the end of the season,” he told The Sports Bar on Tuesday night.
“I’m not just saying this now after that game, because I’ve said it before.
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“Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and, on the evidence of what we’ve seen recently, they need a massive rebuilding job to be fighting back with Liverpool and Man City.
“To give the job to someone who is so inexperienced, with a so-so managerial record become he arrived, that’s not got ‘long-term strategy’ written all over it to me, that’s got ‘sentimental claptrap to appease fans’ written all over it.
“Manchester United have got shareholders and should have a longer-term, more clinical view of what the strategy is, rather than, ‘Oh, Ole has done great…’
“He has done great. He’s picked them off the floor. They were so miserable and when he came in they were happy and they started playing better, but the air has started coming out of the balloon and that’s the concern.”
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