Former Manchester United player, Paul Ince, is standing by his former assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming the Norwegian still might not be the right candidate to become the club’s permanent manager.
The United interim manager oversaw a slender 1-0 win at Leicester City on Sunday, registering his ninth win in 10 games in charge. Thanks to his impressive run, many are backing Solskjaer to be the club next permanent manager. Ince, however, still has his reservations.
Paul Ince with his 25% win percentage at his last 2 clubs he’s managed reckons he could’ve beaten Tottenham and Arsenal away and won every single game in his first 6 weeks of managing United uno https://t.co/goDliFikcU
— Josh (@MartialCF) February 2, 2019
“I am not just a pundit who has never managed a club – I have managed in the Premier League and all four English professional divisions, so no-one can say I don’t know what I am talking about here,” Ince wrote for BBC.
“And, as a manager, I could see the signs that under Mourinho the players were not happy and the atmosphere and environment was not great. Let’s be honest, everyone could see that.
My argument was that it was easy for whoever came in after that to right the ship, and lift the players and the dressing room – and put the whole club back on track.”
“When I said anyone could have come in and done the same, I did not mean to be disrespectful to Ole. What I meant was any manager – for example myself, Mark Hughes or Steve Bruce – could have recognised the issues at Old Trafford and come in and changed the environment in a positive way.”
“I could have gone in and righted the ship at Manchester United.”
Macclesfield – sacked
Blackburn – sacked
MK Dons – sacked
Notts County – sacked
Blackpool – sacked
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“There is far more to it than just bringing some of the fun back, but you would start by allowing the players to play with freedom, and in their correct positions too. Ole has done all of that and has obviously made a big difference.”
“With his results, he has then taken it on to the next level too – but even that improvement does not mean he is the right man to get the job in the summer,” he concluded.