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Paul Scholes: ‘Ole’s not a yes man, he’s a Man United man’

Paul Scholes backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his role as Man Utd manager.

And if anything, we side with Scholes when he alludes to the point that Solskjaer is not to blame for all failures at Manchester United.

Scholes said on BT Sport, as quoted by The Express: “We know behind the scenes there is help needed, especially on the football side. You look at the business side and it’s great, Ed Woodward is very good at that. But as a football man? I don’t think he’s a football man.

“In the past [we] had Sir Alex and David Gill. David Gill was excellent, absolutely brilliant, and he’s been a massive miss for the football club. He knew footballer players inside out. He knew a good player when he saw one and he disagreed with the manager, of course he did.

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“Now is the time where there needs to be a bit of help for Ole. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some good people around — the chief scout, Mike Phelan, great experience. But now is the time when he [Solskjaer] really needs some help to really bring some top players to this club.”

While we totally agree with this, what does Solskjaer expect to happen? It’s almost a year since we were promised a director of football and nobody has been appointed.

That would ideally bridge a go-between for Solskjaer instead of reaching out to Woodward over football matters. Until that happens — and there’s no guarantees it will — Solskjaer won’t get the backing he needs.

Scholes added more on Solskjaer, saying, “He’s not a yes man, he’s a Man United man. He will try to do his best for the club. The previous managers — Van Gaal, Mourinho — maybe they were a little bit interested in themselves. With Ole we know he’s a Manchester United man.”

The Red Devils qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League last night, taking 10 points from the first four games and zero goals conceded — becoming the only team to do so.

Next up is Brighton in the league on Sunday.

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