Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘no tactical genius’ and giving him permanent manager’s job would be a disaster for Manchester United, says Simon Jordan


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘no tactical genius’ and giving him permanent manager’s job would be a disaster for Manchester United, says Simon Jordan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘no tactical genius’ and appointing him as full-time manager would be a disaster for Manchester United, according to Simon Jordan.

Solskjaer appears to have lifted the gloom which engulfed Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and has got his stint as caretaker boss off to a flyer with back-to-back wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield.

The club legend was hired as Mourinho’s replacement only until the rest of the season, with United looking to appoint their next permanent boss in the summer.


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The likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri have been linked with the role, but former striker Solskjaer has been widely tipped as a contender if he proves a success as interim manager, while the man himself has admitted he would love the job.

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But former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan believes that would be a big mistake, saying the Norwegian is ‘not doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do’ at Old Trafford.

“Solskjaer can’t lose,” he told talkSPORT on Thursday.

“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.

“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.

“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.

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“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.

“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.

“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.

“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.

“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.”


Source: Prem News