Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has been given more time at Man United’ than other managers who are ‘judged solely on the quality of their work’, says Jamie Carragher, as the fan favorite faces new pressure on run-of-the-mill games
- Carragher says Solskjaer has been given more time at United than other bosses
- Manchester United have won only of their last four games under boss Solskjaer
- They also suffered devastating defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Man City
- Carragher says Solskjaer got more because fans love him
Jamie Carragher says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “got more time at Manchester United” than other managers at their respective clubs.
Manchester United have won just one of their last four games under Solskjaer, suffering devastating defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Carragher says Solskjaer is not “judged solely on the quality of his work” and that the club has stayed with the Norwegian manager because of his “emotional connection” with the fans.
Jamie Carragher says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) has ‘got more time at Manchester United’ than other managers at their respective clubs
Speaking to The Telegraph, Carragher reflected on how former players fared as they transitioned into leadership roles.
He talked about Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal and Frank Lampard’s role at Chelsea before discussing Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United.
He said: “There will be those who will argue that Arteta should be grouped alongside Lampard, Pirlo and Solskjaer as a remarkable ex-player struggling to prove he is an elite coach at the club he played for.
“There have been times when he seemed to be under intense pressure and lost confidence for a few games if not from his management, especially the Arsenal fans.
Manchester United have won just of their last four games under Solskjaer, suffering devastating defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City (above)
Carragher says Solskjaer at United is not ‘judged solely on the quality of his work’
“But I’ve never seen Arteta like the others. Yes, he is a former Arsenal player, but with respect, not a legend like the other three were at Chelsea, United and Juventus.
“When Arteta was offered the job at Arsenal, his relationship with the club was secondary to his mentorship by Guardiola at Manchester City.
“First of all, he is seen as a modern coach who understands how the game is evolving, not as someone who is steeped in the Arsenal tradition.
“That’s more important than any emotional connection to a former player, because Arteta is constantly judged solely on the quality of his work, unlike Solskjaer who – and I mean that with the utmost respect – has been given more time than others would have.” had. achieved results and achievements because he is so loved by the supporters.’
He says the club have stayed with the former Manchester United player (centre) because of his ’emotional bond’ with the supporters
Carragher spoke about Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal and Frank Lampard’s role at Chelsea
As it stands, Old Trafford’s hierarchy has resisted calls to sack Solskjaer – who spent part of the international break at home in Norway.
However, the pressure will be on Solskjaer as he faces an important period that will determine United’s European fate, including league games against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Solskjaer will do everything he can to get his team back on track at Watford on Saturday after a run of six defeats in 12 games, including humiliations by Liverpool and City.
Another defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday or in Tuesday’s Champions League group match at Villarreal would put more pressure on the under-fired boss.
Solskjaer will do everything he can to get his United team back on track at Watford on Saturday
Solskjaer held crisis talks with his senior players on Thursday to try and save their season
To avoid such situations, Solskjaer held crisis talks with his senior players on Thursday to try and save United’s season.
He spoke with captain Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic at a 10am meeting in Carrington.
The 48-year-old discussed United’s action plan with the players after moving to a back-three in the last three games.