Manchester United manager Gunnar Ole Solskjaer started his United’s coaching career in an impressive manner as he has overseen five games without losing a point.
It is save to say that the Norwegian has managed to change the sad and toxic atmosphere at Old Trafford during Mourinho’s time into a lively and happy environment.
Solskjaer —who spent 10 years at Old Trafford and was known as super-sub during his days as United striker — has brought back spark and attacking fluidity into the team and his men have found the back of the net in 16 occasions across in just five games.
Irrespective of the newfound joy and happiness the Old Trafford faithfuls are experiencing under the ever smiling manager, the club’s hierarchy aren’t convinced he’s the best man to replace Jose Mourinho on long-term basis .
Has Solskjaer done enough to get a permanent job with Manchester United?
As much as Solskjaer’s influence is obviously seen and felt at the Theater of Dreams, you won’t want to argue with me if i say he hasn’t done enough to get a long-term contract.
Many Manchester United fans won’t agree with me that the Norwegian hasn’t done enough but before they pick an offense in what i just said, let’s quickly analyze the games he’s managed so far.
Crystal Palace (Away)
The Eagles were the first test for Solskjaer and he came out with flying colors. His boys put up a five-star display as they thrashed the Roy Hodgson’s team.
After the victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Solskjaer led his team to a 3-1 victory against Huddersfield and he was praised by pundits and fans.
The former Molde manager saw his men thrashed Bournemouth 4-1 in his first home game. He was sheered by Ex-united teammates and manager, including the great Alex Ferguson.
Newcastle United (Away)
He watched his side scored 14 goals in four games as United managed to defeat the Magpies by two-goal margin.
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He also equal a 73-year-old record that was created by Sir Matt Busby in 1946 as he became the second manager to win his first four games as United manager in the club’s history.
Reading (Home FA Cup)
The last win was against a championship side Reading on Saturday. His team were unimpressive but they managed a 2-0 victory.
A great run of results indeed, but looking from a critical point, it’s nothing special. All of the listed teams are currently struggling for form.
Crystal Palace are in the 17th position with 18 points, Huddersfield are in 20th position with 11 points.
The Cherries have conceded more than 15 goals in their last four games, hence, it’s no surprise the Red Devils scored four against them.
Newcastle are no way better than the rest, Rafa Benitez’s men are on the same point as Cardiff but they occupy the 15th position with superior goal difference.
Reading? The last time i checked, they were struggling to maintain their championship status.
Tottenham the real test for Solskjaer’s coaching ability
The Red Devils are against Tottenham on Sunday, a game that will show to everyone whether the Norwegian is capable to lead the team on permanent basis or not.
Tottenham are in rich vein of form and they will definitely give the Old Trafford outfits a run for their money.
Mauricio Pochetino’s men are third on the Premier League standings and they are scoring goals for fun.
The leaky defense at Manchester United will be up for a great test of character and they will hope to remain unscathed after the encounter.
Should Solskjaer defeat the high-flying Tottenham on Sunday, then, we would be rest assured that Manchester United future is in safe hands.