Pep Guardiola sends message to Man United about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Manchester City manager believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be a success at Old Trafford
Pep Guardiola has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a success at Manchester United thanks to his previous experience at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after the Portuguese coach paid the price for a disastrous start to his third season in charge of the 20-time English champions.
Solskjaer was named as his interim replacement and the former Norwegian striker will remain in charge until the end of the season.
The Red Devils eased to a resounding 5-1 win against Cardiff City on Saturday evening in Solskjaer’s first game in charge.
Manchester United lost five times in 17 games under Mourinho in the Premier League following last weekend’s 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool FC.
While the Red Devils suffered the humiliation of a loss at Anfield, Manchester United inadvertently aided Liverpool FC’s title charge.
Manchester United started the 18th round of fixtures in sixth place and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool FC.
They have the sixth worst defensive record in the Premier League this term – only Fulham, Cardiff, Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Burnley have conceded more goals.
Manchester City manager Guardiola claimed that Solskjaer will benefit from his past affiliation with the club.
“When a manager like Solskjaer has this chance [it is] because the club decide he can do it. It happened in my case quite similar, we were young and had the opportunity so try to do out best,” Guardiola told his media conference on Friday.
“Of course they are different jobs, so you cannot compare football player as a manager. I wish him all the best.
“The fact I was there since 13 years old, you know the club that is an advantage for sure. Knowing the people and knowing how it works everything there is important.
“Something positive comes from the fact you were there in the past and you know many things of the club.”
Manchester United will take on Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 after the Red Devils finished in second place in their group behind Serie A giants Juventus.
The Red Devils are already out of the League Cup following a loss to Championship side Derby Country, leaving the Champions League and FA Cup as their only realistic chance of silverware this term.