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Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the one for Manchester United?

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Following the 1-0 victory at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspurs, the internet is abuzz with shouts for Ole to be given the job full time. Pundits and fans alike are now convinced that Ole is the one to lead the club forward.

Previously, sceptics have been quick to point out that his first five successive wins have come against smaller clubs, i.e. Cardiff, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Reading and Newcastle. Things have changed though now that Ole has proven that he can take on the big boys and still deliver the results. It also helped that he got one over Mauricio Pochettino, the manager rumoured to be next in line to take over at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United board must be pleasantly surprised then, that their caretaker manager has surpassed expectations and did so much more than steady the ship. To put things in context, Man Utd were eight points adrift of Arsenal when Ole took over. They are now on par with Arsenal (41 points) and are only behind them on goal difference. They are a mere six points behind Chelsea who are in fourth place and a Champions League position suddenly looks feasible. All was lost and bleak just six matches ago but so much has changed since then.

To say that anyone could have walked into Old Trafford and did what Ole did is cruel and not true at all. Besides bringing the feel good factor and removing the shackles, the United legend has also shown his tactical acumen in the latest match by out-foxing Pochettino. That’s a huge compliment as the Spurs boss is no slouch when it comes to football tactics.

With all that being said though, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the right person to take the club forward? He may have improved players like Rashford and Pogba who are excelling under his charge but will he be able to attract world class players to Old Trafford?

It is common knowledge that the current squad is not good enough when it comes to challenging for the title so Ole will definitely need to strengthen should he be appointed the manager on a permanent basis. Whether or not his reputation will be enough to attract top class players remains to be seen. It may be a risk that Manchester United is prepared to take, not unlike when a certain former player called Pep Guardiola took over at Barcelona once upon a time. 

 

Ole's perfect start:

Cardiff 1 Man Utd 5

Man Utd 3 Huddersfield 1

Man Utd 4 Bournemouth 1

Newcastle 0 Man Utd 2

Man Utd 2 Reading 0

Tottenham 0 Man Utd 1

 

Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena.
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