Is Solskjær the right man for Man Utd?

Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs when it comes to media and press coverage. No matter which club you support, you're always hearing about Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær - as manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the Man United legend joined the club as a caretaker manager on December 19, 2018. Solskjær proved to be an impressive caretaker, winning 14 out of 19 games with 2 draws and 3 losses.

The most surprising part was when United made a historical comeback in the Champions League after losing the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford, by beating Paris Saint-Germain in Paris with 3-1. As a result, he was offered a permanent contract on March 20, 2019.

Solskjær will be completing his 3rd full year as the Manchester United manager this seaon. Year after year, the Red Devils have been close to getting their hand on a trophy, but always end up without one. They made it to the finals of the Europa League last season, only to lose to Villarreal.

A huge fan base thinks it is time to have changes in the top management. The Man United '99 Champions League Superstar has spent more than £300 million to secure some of the top-class signings around the globe. But eventually, he has underperformed in converting those signings into results and trophies.

After securing the most unexpected signing of one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, along with adding sublime players like Raphaël Varane, Jadon Sancho, and Tom Heaton, the expectations for the season 2021/2022 are higher than ever before.

The season began with a convincing 5-1 victory over Leeds United where Bruno Fernandes scored a sensational hat-trick. However, the promising start began to tremble after United drew against Southampton. The pressure started to pile up even more when United drew against Everton and lost surprisingly at Old Trafford to Aston Villa. Other than that, United also got defeated by Young Boys in the Champions League and was knocked out of the EFL Cup by West Ham.

The board has shown full support to Ole Gunnar Solskjær who has signed a new contract until 2024 to stay at the club with an option for a one-year extension. Even in this difficult run of games, United has offered Solskjær's assistant coach Mike Phelan with a new contract until 2024 which shows how much faith the board still has in the baby-faced assassin.

Many sports pundits believe it is because he's a former Manchester United player. Wherever there is talk about the Red Devil, the attention is always there. Being one of the biggest clubs in the world, Manchester United has always lived with this kind of pressure. The times are tough, but the reds still believe they can come back to the stage this club belongs to. United can not repeat the mistake of the past by replacing Ole and begin the process again because the new manager will again start from the beginning.

The signing of Ronaldo, Varane, and Sancho clearly showed the intention of Manchester United where they are going. Last season, if United didn't lose the penalty shoot-out to Villareal, they would be European champions.

There are lots of games to play in this season. Now, let's just hope it doesn't take too long for Ole and his men to win a trophy and prove his worth once again, but now as a manager.
Peter Norman is from the green island of Ireland, loves football and Manchester United in particular, where also the great idol Roy Keane had his career. Peter is a trained journalist and likes to write articles and analyses of football.