Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a glittering career as a Red Devils forward. However, as a manager, he endured a torrid time, with his tenure as United boss ending after 168 games.
The 50-year-old Norwegian left the club with a record of 91 wins, 37 draws, and 40 losses.
What went wrong
As an interim manager tasked to steer the United ship to stability, Solskjaer excelled. Sadly, the same could not be said about his fortunes as a permanent manager.
It requires little imagination to understand that the void left by Sir Alex Ferguson was colossal. It would be no mean feat to equal the accomplishments of the great Scot, let alone better them. After all, Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful English Premier League manager to date.
For all his criticisms, Solskjaer achieved a comparatively higher win rate than most of his post-Ferguson managerial peers. He was second only to José Mourinho.
Defensively Solskjaer’s United battled.
Ultimately, he failed to bring silverware to a club desperately wanting to return to its former glory. This was also compounded by crushing defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City after an extravagant £441m spending spree in the transfer market.
Solskjaer exited the club on November 21, 2021.
One more time?
Recently, before a sold-out audience at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Solskjaer enjoyed over an hour on stage speaking on many subjects (via The Athletic). “An Evening with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer” took place on Friday, May 12, before the 2-0 Red Devils’ victory over Wolves.
Love and admiration for the former United gaffer filled the room.
It was also clear that the United icon’s love for the club had not dampened. He does not believe his foray into management is over. Solskjaer said:
“I’ve got another job in me if it’s the right chance and exciting enough.
“There are so many clubs, but I’m not going to work just for the sake of working. It has to be something special, a new culture, or a club that really excites me. Or maybe they will want me back at the club (United) in some capacity; who knows?”
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It urges us to long for times and moments past. Often, the second time around rarely lives up to the first occasion. If the Red Devils legend does return to Old Trafford, both he and the Old Trafford faithful will be hoping for much better fortunes than his last stint.
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