Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three-year tenure at Manchester United has come to an end. The Norwegian manager originally took charge in 2018 on an interim basis but has been leading his side as permanent manager since March 2019.
Manchester United confirmed Solskjaer’s departure on Sunday morning and Gary Neville was one of the first public figures to react to the breaking news.
Now, the former Manchester United captain has elaborated further on his thoughts, insisting Solskjaer ‘can’t complain’ after being backed by the board over his three years at the club.
🗣 "Ole will reflect upon it with sadness at the end, but he should be proud of the work he did in the first two or three years."@GNev2 credits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for building the soul of the club during his time at Manchester United pic.twitter.com/puopfFYki0
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 21, 2021
“I always say managers deserve two or three years in a job, that’s not always happened on my watch. But I think Ole can’t complain in the sense that he’s been given three years, he’s been backed in the transfer market,” Neville told Sky Sports, via Football Daily, as seen above.
“David Moyes for instance was given eight months and basically kicked out. I don’t think that Ole can complain about the time that he’s been given and the money that he’s been afforded.
“I don’t think he can also complain about the players that have been delivered to him. So I don’t think he will complain about it. I think he will be massively disappointed about the fact that he’s not been able to deliver better performances this season.”
SN’s verdict on Neville’s comments…
Solskjaer might have been backed in an economic sense but the manager was often left out to dry in the transfer market. Jadon Sancho eventually arrived at the club but only after an embarrassing two-year transfer saga.
Solskjer wanted Sancho one year earlier and the club failed to deliver. Instead, Donny van de Beek was signed and seemingly against the manager’s wishes. Would he have played as little as he did if Solskjaer truly wanted him?
Furthermore, Solskjaer wanted to keep Ander Herrera at the club in 2019 but the club failed to deliver on that promise and instead accepted his departure on a free transfer.
Solskjaer has had it easier than some of his predecessors but ultimately, his sacking is the product of yet another failure from Manchester United’s decision makers.