Harry Redknapp reacts to Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s Man United appointment

The former Tottenham boss is surprised that Man United have turned to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their interim manager

Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp Photo: BT Sport

Harry Redknapp admits he is shocked that Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunner Solskjaer as the caretaker manager.

The Red Devils parted company with Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after a disappointing start to the Premier League season for the Portuguese coach and his players.

Manchester United slumped to a 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC last weekend to leave the Red Devils in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points adrift of the top four.

The 20-time English champions are a staggering 19 points behind current leaders Liverpool FC to highlight the widening gap between the two bitter rivals.

Solskjaer has been appointed as the interim Manchester United manager until the end of the Premier League season, while Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick will comprise part of his backroom staff.

The former Norway international had an unhappy spell at Cardiff City in the 2013-14 Premier League season, having enjoyed great success with Molde.

Former Spurs manager Redknapp spoke of his surprise that Manchester United turned to their ex-striker to take over the reins from Mourinho on a temporary basis.

“I wouldn’t bet on them to be in the top six, to be honest with you,” Redknapp told talkSPORT, quoted by the Daily Mirror.

“It was a big shock to me when his [Solskjaer’s] name got mentioned yesterday. I thought a Steve Bruce or somebody, if they’re looking for a short-term appointment until the end of the year…

“He knows the game, he knows the club – he captained the club.

“Someone like that I thought might go in and take it until the end of the season.

“Solskjaer didn’t strike me as being the person for the time. He looks a nice lad but he doesn’t strike me as being a manager of Man United.

“I think the Bruce’s of this world… I could see him being more of a leader and being someone to go in there and hit them.”

Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge in 2013.

The Red Devils have only finished in the top four twice in the past five seasons.

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