Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a remarkable start as Manchester United manager but the question on everyone’s lips is… is he the right man for the job?
It is really hard to say no at the moment. Old Trafford seems like a completely different place to what it was a few months ago. The Theatre of Dreams looks to have its buzz back and the fans and players are completely loving it.
As a United season ticket holder, I can attest that the chore of going to games has disappeared. I’ve started to love going to games again. The football is better, the players are enjoying themselves and the fans are back on song with the club.
For these reasons alone, Ole could get the job; but the results on the pitch have taken a complete U-turn as well. With 13 wins in his first 16 games it looks like the players are playing for the manager again. He is starting to get the best from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and of course Paul Pogba. He has take the club up an extra gear.
Huge performances against Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool show how far the Red Devils have come. United currently sits in fourth, just three points off Spurs in third, and are in the Quarter finals of the FA Cup. They have a huge chance of getting into Champions League football and possibly some silverware, which was completely unthinkable a few months back.
The reintroduction of Mike Phelan has also been a revelation. The Bench now consists of people who have been there and done it with United and they are passing it on to the current team.
The turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable but Solskjaer’s future is really still up in the air. The club has yet to comment on who is going to be at the helm for next season but I for one hope that it is Ole.
Names like Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone have been banded around but will any of these names be the right man for United.
Personally, I would sign Solskjaer up right now! In my eyes’ he has done enough for at least a shot at the job. The brand of football is better, the players are performing and the fans are back in good voice. He knows how to win the United way and his team are starting to show that with emphatic victories and heroic come backs. But unfortunately, I am not working for United and the decision is up to Ed Woodward and his team.
With the decision still to be made, who knows how long is Ole going to be at the Wheel.