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Ole Gunnar's career as United boss: Can he make it?
Check yourself deep down, there's always a warrior within..
3 months ago
Manchester United have really suffered an imbalance following the beginning of this season's Premier League. The Red Devils opened the 2020/2021 EPL season with a 3-1 defeat to Crystal place. It is unexpected and bad for a team like the Red Devils losing their first EPL match of a new season at Old Trafford to a not so competitive opponent. A draw would have been manageable but Ole Gunnar's side had to dash away to Palace their first 3 points of the season.
The second defeat of the season came in the United's third match of the season and it was more like a disaster. Jose Mourinho's side paid a visit to Old Trafford just to molest the Norwegian side by defeating Manchester United 6 goals to 1 at home, again. In a nutshell, Manchester United lost 3 matches (all at home) out of their first 6 matches of the season, drawing 1 and winning 2. Losing one more match would have leveled a bad record for Manchester United which was first experienced in the 1989/1990 season where the Red Devils lost 4 out of their first seven matches of the season under no other person but their best manager, sir Alex Ferguson. But a 3-1 win over Everton saved Ole's side from repeating such a record. Manchester United have since then, found themselves in the game.
As at the time of writing, United have played 16 games in the Premier League and have not lost a single game after their last defeat to Arsenal (That is, Manchester United have played 10 games unbeaten after their sixth match) having 8 wins and 2 draws. Although Ole Gunnar has so far done well for United this season, His spell of being unable to pass any semi-final ever since he became Manchester United's manager is still one significant problem the manager is facing.
The Norwegian's side lost 2 goals to nil during the Carabao semi-finals clash against Manchester City which will be the third semi-finals he's been denied progress in England. Though his performance is great if his current position is to be considered, his inability to land a Cup (either major or minor) for United ever since he took the managerial job is still a huge concern for the club and fans all over. Ever since Ole Gunnar's career started at Old Trafford as a senior manager, the former Molde boss has lost two times to Manchester City alone at the semi-finals. He lost 2-3 to Chelsea in his first FA Cup semi-finals. His loss to Sevilla during the last seasons semi-finals is also a significant one to not forget as he's been criticized more for that than any other defeat he's experienced in most competitions. He has all it takes to win that match but a careless Ole Gunnar threw the chance of winning his first title for United away.
HIS SEMI FINALS DEFEAT IN SUMMARY
Lost 2-3 on aggregate to Man City (Carling)
Lost 1-3 to Chelsea (FA)
Lost 1-2 to Sevilla (Europa)
Lost 0-2 to Man City (Carling)
Hopes that Ole Gunnar is the man to take United to the next level has been approached with mix feelings by critics. In reality, he has had more than enough chance to land at least a Cup for United ever since his arrival but he's not that man to seize all the opportunity that comes his way. That explains why a man that has accumulated 9 points in his first 4 matches relegated to Europa League from the group stage after failing to fight for a single point to qualify himself to the next round. On the other hand, some people claimed that he's a man with tactics which can help bring a new United into existence stretching that even the most Successful manager United and EPL has ever had faced his own trials along the line especially when his arrival was still a little fresh.
If there's anything Ole has not failed to do ever since his arrival as a full time manager, it is qualifying his team to Champion's League. With the way things are for United in the EPL currently, it is safe to think that Ole might lead his team to next season's version of the UCL, again and also if not winning the league title, serve as a big headache for whichever team will. And I personally think that's one of the few things that has kept the clubs management calming on the poor performance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as far as winning Cups is concerned. Considering the overall reaction towards Manchester United's current boss and understanding that England is one crazy place as far football is concerned. One can still hope that Ole has got something to offer. But is he the next man United are looking for?, that is hard to tell.
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