Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be given time at United says Robin Van Persie, providing much-needed backing to the under-fire United manager.
After, Showing a lot of promise in his days as interim manager at the club, Solskjaer’s form took a nosedive at the end of the season seeing them miss out on Champions League spot.
But, Van Persie said it was merely a bad spell, “I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell.”
“Back in the day, it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution?
“Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club.” (BBC)
Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford after the Red Devils fired Jose Mourinho back in December following a dismal run of results.
United’s fortunes saw a meteoric rise after the Norwegian’s appointment as he set a club record winning eight away games in a row.
He also managed to get the club back in contention for the Champions League spots and guided the club to the competition’s Quarter-Finals following a dramatic 3-1 victory against PSG in the Parc-Des Princes.
All these impressive performances saw Solskjaer land the United’s manager job permanently.
Things have turned sour since,
The Red Devils finished the campaign with a run of only 2 wins out of 12, missing out on next season’s Champions League.
“It’s funny because when he started everyone was so positive, they were winning and they made a miracle by beating PSG,” added Van Persie.
“Everyone was screaming like, ‘Give the guy a permanent deal’. And then since that permanent deal the luck went away a little bit; they’ve been losing more games than they want to.
“But he got a three-year deal and everyone should look at the bigger picture. His presence, the way he presents the club, is the proper way in my opinion. He’s positive, he wants to achieve big things with the club and that is the only way forward.
“He’s a man of the club, he played there for more than 10 years, he won the Champions League – actually his goal got them the Champions League – so he has a big part over the years at the club.
“He’s been a coach of the reserves, he is Manchester United. Similar, in a different way, to Ferguson. He was Manchester United and Solskjaer is Manchester United as well.
“Everyone has that at a certain time. He had a fantastic first period – now the last 12 games have been tough. OK, but next season they have to pick themselves up and go again.”.
Van Persie who was a stalwart in the final years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United believes that the club needs to see him as an example to set the template for upcoming managers.
“Major changes, what do they do? Arsene stayed at Arsenal for 22 years, Sir Alex at United for 26 years.
“If he wants absolutely the best and only the best for the club, give him time. Is it going to change, to find a new manager now after a bad run? And then, so what, he will have a good start and then they will be in the same position.” He told BBC
“Nowadays, as well, if you look at the news, if you hear stories, it’s so business-wise.
“If a player has a couple of bad games, ‘OK, sell him!’. If he doesn’t score a few goals, ‘OK, he’s out, he’s finished’.
“Back in the day you used to get time, you can make mistakes, you can learn. Now I get the feeling that time is less. Ideally, you would get time – as a player, as a coach.”