Paul Ince: Man United shouldn’t get carried away with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Man United legend isn't convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right manager to get the role on a permanent basis
Paul Ince has urged Manchester United to remain calm despite growing calls to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent manager.
The former Red Devils striker has been a big hit since his appointment as interim boss in December following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.
Solskjaer won his opening six Premier League games in charge, including a 1-0 win at Tottenham, to earn the support of the majority of the club’s supporters.
Manchester United progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to a brilliant 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal at The Emirates last month.
Solskjaer’s honeymoon period looked to be over when Burnley took a 2-0 lead with nine minutes to play at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
However, Paul Pogba’s penalty and Victor Lindelof’s rare goal rescued a point for the home side and protected the Norwegian’s unbeaten start to his Red Devils reign.
But former Manchester United captain Ince isn’t convinced that Solskjaer is the right candidate to take over the role on a permanent basis.
“People are getting ahead of themselves in suggesting that Solskjaer should be made permanent manager,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“The game against Burnley, despite coming back into it, proved that the team aren’t there yet. I’m not saying he’s not done well, he’s been fantastic, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for the job yet.
“You’ve got to be careful. Whoever takes the job on a permanent basis must be the right man.
“It’s getting embarrassing, United have been through David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and then fans were convinced Mourinho was the right man, and it’s quite clear he wasn’t.
“United wasted time with Mourinho, they won a couple of trophies but ultimately, he took them back another step.”
Ince added: “What the club can’t do is give it to Solskjaer for a year, realise he wasn’t what they thought, and end up sacking another manager – I can see that happening.
“Whoever is the next manager, whether that’s him or Mauricio Pochettino, needs to be there for the long haul.
“If we get to the end of the season and he’s got fourth place, won some silverware and progressed far in the Champions League, then he can be considered. But not right now.”
Manchester United are facing a challenging February with the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain on 12 February.
Four days later, the Red Devils will also take on London side Chelsea FC in the FA Cup fifth round.
There is also the small matter of a Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool FC at Anfield on 24 February.