Jamie Carragher thinks Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has done a decent job as Manchester United boss but doesn’t believe he is the man to end their wait for the title.
United have taken a single point from their last three Premier League games following Saturday’s chastening 4-2 loss at Leicester, prompting intense scrutiny of Solskjaer’s position.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a really good job as Manchester United manager – and I’m not saying that trying to be clever from a Liverpool point of view,” Carragher said on Sky Sports
“What I mean by that is this could have gone horribly wrong for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in with experience from Scandinavia and a year at Cardiff. I said this about Frank Lampard: I can’t judge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against, maybe, [Jose] Mourinho or [Louis] van Gaal, who possibly did average jobs themselves.
“But this will never change: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not win a league title or Champions League trophy as Manchester United manager. He is not at the level of the other managers — in terms of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola. They’ve got years of experience behind them in terms of winning big trophies. Ole hasn’t got that. So, where he’s gotten them right now – he’s done a really good job.
“This team is a good team. I don’t believe it’s a poor team. I think it’s a great collection of individuals but there’s a feeling around that, ‘If Ole wins a trophy this season, he needs to stay; he needs to win a trophy to stay in the job.’
“Manchester United will only win maybe the FA Cup or the Europa League. If he won one of them, for me, that would make no difference.
“I wouldn’t be thinking at all about changing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now but Manchester United, at the end of the season, whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won a trophy or not, need to have a better manager.
“They need a manager who can compete with the other managers in this league. And Solskjaer, unfortunately – and he’ll know that himself, and every Man United fan will know that themselves – is not at the level of the other [top] managers in the Premier League.”