Jurgen Klopp says title race outcome won't change incredible Liverpool declaration


By Joburg Post

Solskjaer’s side were easily beaten by fierce rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night, just three days after a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton .

The pressure is on the Norwegian, who was rewarded with the permanent job last month after winning 14 of his 19 matches in charge on an interim basis.

But United hero Ince reckons Old Trafford chiefs acted too soon, believing Solskjaer doesn’t have the managerial ability to overcome this current slump.

Speaking to Paddy Power , he said: “I’m looking at the club and the future really worries me.

“They’re a long, long way from many teams. Why did those players perform so well when Ole came in and now they’re not?

“There’s no character, no leadership, no desire, but the manager has to motivate the players too.

“These are the same players that were playing brilliantly a few weeks ago, so if they’re not feeling motivated it’s down to Ole to sort that.

“I called it before he was made manager and got stick for it, but what I said was right. I want him to be successful, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing the job.

“It’s a huge rebuilding job, and will the players want to come to Man United to play under him? I’m not sure – it’s different to the bigger names like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

“The fact is, they should’ve waited until the end of the season before they gave him the permanent job.

“There was no rush to appoint him, but everyone got caught up in the euphoria and was thinking with their hearts rather than their heads.



“Zinedine Zidane was available at the time and Mauricio Pochettino has always been the right man to take them forward in my eyes.”

After instantly turning around United’s form, Solskjaer sealed his job with the dramatic comeback win at French champions Paris Saint-Germain which saw them reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

His positive approach to the players, supported by Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan, resulted in a transformation of the mood around Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training ground.

Solskjaer already has hero status at United, having scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final to complete an historic Treble for Ferguson’s United.

But Ince is fed up of hearing about Solskjaer and his previous exploits as a player.

He added: “We’ve tried this nice approach, the stuff about Ole giving the tea lady chocolates and trying to do what Sir Alex Ferguson has done.

“That’s in the past now, we need to move forward from that. 

“All of this ‘Ole legend’ stuff – yeah, he scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final, we get that, but he’s not a legend now – he’s the manager of Manchester United. 

“Regurgitating how he’s going to do it ‘the Fergie Way’ is pointless. It’s doing my head in and I know others feel the same. Ferguson isn’t the gaffer anymore – simple.

"No doubt he would help if Ole was in trouble, but I’m sick and tired of it, he’s the manager, he has to forget about the past and realise Ferguson isn’t the manager anymore, he is.”

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