Following some very impressive results after taking temporary charge of Manchester United last December, many instantly believed that Ole Gunner Solskjaer was the man to take the club forward.
And after wins like the one in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, who could blame them?
However, after a disastrous end to the season which saw the Red Devils draw against Huddersfield Town and lose to Cardiff City, doubts have started to creep in.
One former Manchester United player, though, is certain that Solskjaer can deliver the goods and is urging patience to be shown.
“You think of Liverpool, when Klopp came in he had time to really implement his ideas, what he believes is the right strategy to go forward from a recruitment point of view but also playing style,” Rio Ferdinand told talkSPORT.
“It was the same for Pep Guardiola,” the BT Sport pundit added.
“If Ole can get that time and can get that right, and get his ideas into the players with clarity, then they’re onto a good thing.”
Only time will tell whether Solskjaer is capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. But one thing that is certain, as Ferdinand has pointed out, the Norwegian needs time.
Jurgen Klopp, for example, needed more than one season and multiple transfer windows to make Liverpool the team they are today. Despite the German being at Anfield since 2016, it was only at the start of last year where the Reds started to look like the real deal following Virgil van Dijk’s arrival from Southampton.
Of course, implementing a philosophy that will bear fruit and finding all the right players are things that cannot be done overnight. You only have to look to Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino to know that, with both the Manchester City and Tottenham bosses having had their struggles in their first seasons at their current clubs.
Considering that, Solskjaer really should be afforded time by all those involved at Manchester United.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!