Former Red Devils striker Robin van Persie has said the embattled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given more time to turn Manchester United’s fortunes around.
The baby-faced made a dream start to life at the helm in Old Trafford after taking over from Jose Mourinho, as a caretaker back in December 2018.
The Norwegian was victorious in 14 of his first 17 games in charge to rekindle the club’s top-four aspirations including a spectacular comeback against PSG in the Champions League.
United bosses offered Solskjaer a permanent three-year contract in March as a result of that amazing run. However, United’s form dipped dramatically and eight defeats out of their final 12 matches saw them exit the Champions League and miss out on a place in the top four, ultimately finishing sixth.
That shocking dip in form has put Solskjaer position under scrutiny even at this early stage in his tenure. However, Van Persie in insistent that Solskjaer is the right man for the job and has called for patience.
“I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell,” he told BBC Sport.
“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. It’s funny because when he started everyone was so positive, they were winning and they made a miracle by beating PSG.
“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.”
Van Persie believes Solskjaer’s close association with the club, having been both a player and coach, makes him the ideal man to take the team forward, citing comparisons with legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Persie is a mind that Solskjaer’s close ties with the club, having been both a player and coach is an added advantage and makes him the perfect man to move the team forward, even going as far as making comparisons legendary ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson.