The Manchester United job has become a poison chalice over the recent year as previous managers failed to deliver and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be the next in line.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer divides opinion among Manchester United fans. The Norwegian has done a decent job but has been let down by the people running the club. However, the same story is being replayed at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Top managers like Van Gaal and Mourinho failed to turn the club around and ended with a sour relationship with the hierarchy. Ole is the only the latest chapter of the post-Ferguson turmoil.
The full Keane-Carragher argument
Roy Keane: What happened with the previous managers over the last three years, are you saying they are all bad managers?
Jamie Carragher: At Manchester United? You think they did a good job? You slaughtered [Jose] Mourinho when he was in the job.
Roy Keane: Absolutely, that’s the name of the game. We question Ole that he’s not up to it, we look at his CV, yet for some reason other managers go to clubs and they’re given the benefit of the doubt.
Jamie Carragher: Probably the CV gives them the benefit of the doubt
Roy Keane: Frank Lampard is at Chelsea, and I saw Chelsea last night.
Jamie Carragher: He’s been in the job six months.
Roy Keane: And I would say the same, give him time, give Ole a bit of time, how long has Ole been in the job?
Jamie Carragher: Eighteen months? just over 12 months.
Roy Keane: I don’t think it was 18 months.
Jamie Carragher: Sixteen months.
Roy Keane: Sixteen months, give the man a chance. I watched Chelsea last night, a decent team, but they couldn’t get the job done. Frank Lampard has lost eight games, but for some reason, Frank is doing all right, maybe because he’s English, I don’t know.
Jamie Carragher: Well, he’s ahead of Man United and he’s had no transfer window.
Roy Keane: Frank’s track record, his CV, he went to Derby and didn’t get promoted, but Frank has all the answers for Chelsea, he hasn’t. Give him time. Give the man time. It’s got nothing to do with Ole and all this carry-on. Give him time. And the three previous managers before Ole, are you telling me they don’t know what the game is about, Jamie? They know what the game is about.
Jamie Carragher: So who’s the problem? Tell me what the problem is at Man United!
Roy Keane: David Moyes was given a six-year contract, Alex Ferguson was on the pitch saying ‘get behind the manager and back him’.
Jamie Carragher: So you would have kept him on? Would you have given him the six years then?
Roy Keane: Not eight months. And I wouldn’t have sacked him on Twitter. I wouldn’t have given him eight months. Are you telling me David Moyes didn’t deserve more than eight months?
Jamie Carragher: I think he did, yes. So you would still have him there in the job? OK, well how long would you give Ole?
Roy Keane: I’d give Ole another year, certainly another year.
While both Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher make some good points the problem at Manchester United is not the managerial situation. The club is run by someone without a footballing background. Ed Woodward has let down the fans since taking control. Even his stance on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position hasn’t matched his efforts.
While publicly backing the Norwegian, he has failed to provide him with the right pieces in the transfer market. If he doesn’t back him, he has to make a decision while a Champions League spot is still up for grabs. Whatever your opinion is about Ole, ultimately, all the roads lead to Woodward’s office.