Ian Holloway on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United and Jose Mourinho

Ian Holloway by Ian Holloway / 04 September 2019, 08:33

I think criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United has been unbelievably harsh. I’m a bit sick and fed up of it to be honest. He’s earned his stripes and earned that job.

Would Sir Alex Ferguson be happy with him in the job? Yes, I think so.

Let him build, give him a couple of windows, then see what’s happening.

Why are we so quick to judge all the time? I think it’s going to be a long time before Solskjaer even gets the chance to replicate what Manchester City are doing, so just chill out and give him a chance.

I don’t make the draw against Southampton out to be a big an issue as everybody else. With what Ralph Hassenhuttl did last season, I always expected Southampton to do a bit better this time around so I’m not surprised.

I certainly don’t think it’s a crisis. I’m glad Paul Pogba’s stayed and I’m glad for the big wigs that the transfer window is now closed, because that’s the issue, how they can let that window go on any longer because it’s unfair. It’s not right and they should change that.

What a brilliant goal it was by Daniel James again. I’m really pleased for him, it’s really important that he’s had a good start and it proves that Ole is right by going younger. I like the way they’re doing things, because we’re going to see these young stars playing.

It’s now been nearly nine months since the man who Solskjaer replaced, Jose Mourinho, left Man Utd...

I think the game is in a worse place without Mourinho in it. I do like him and I think there’s a lack of respect for what he’s achieved in the game, maybe because of the way he does it.

It has to be instant, it has to be with senior players. He got under a few people’s skin at Man Utd because he was honest and told players that they weren’t wearing the shirt with pride.

He’s got to look at the way he plays. The attacking prowess that teams are playing with now, he can’t rely on parking buses and counter-attacking. There’s loads of ways to do it, you’ve just got to be very careful.

I enjoy him as pundit, I like his commentary although I’d prefer it if he had tucked his shirt in last week - he would have looked a bit smarter!

I’d love to work with him because he keeps smirking at what other people are saying. I think he’s insightful and I find him fascinating, but I just can’t work out which job he’ll end up getting.

Maybe PSG? Maybe Bayern Munich? Although I don’t think they’ll have him after Pep Guardiola because I think they would be contradicting themselves.

Real Madrid? If that keeps going the way it is then don’t write that off. Could Gareth Bale outlive Zinedine Zidane? Yeah, course he could anything could happen in this game!

READ: Where next for Jose Mourinho

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