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CHRIS SUTTON: The United job was supposedly 'too big' for Solskjaer but he's proving people wrong


CHRIS SUTTON: The Manchester United job was supposedly too big for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but he handled all the unrest and is proving he’s the right man for it

  • Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday
  • Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal with a free-kick in the 78th minute 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to turn things around after difficult times

Bruno Fernandes was told he wouldn’t start against Liverpool. But the day before the game, he stayed behind after training and practised taking free-kicks for 45 minutes. That’s the definition of a determined player, one who wants to do his best for his boss.

What a job Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing.

He’s taken such a kicking at times. Apparently the job was too big for the Norwegian.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after his side's victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after his side’s victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup

Apparently he was a P.E. teacher out of his depth and masquerading as a Premier League manager. Some Manchester United supporters wanted him out and Mauricio Pochettino in, pronto.

The pressure intensified when United were dumped out of the Champions League after being in a position of power in their group.

But we have to give Solskjaer credit. He handled all of that unrest, the talk of him getting the boot and being replaced by Pochettino.

Solskjaer has managed to turn things around and the Red Devils are now flying high

Solskjaer has managed to turn things around and the Red Devils are now flying high

Now, United are in the FA Cup fifth round, and Liverpool aren’t. United are top of the Premier League, and Liverpool aren’t.

One caller into BBC 606 on Sunday night was given a choice between Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp as his manager. He told me he’d choose the United boss! Sunday’s game was everything the league fixture a week before wasn’t.

Liverpool will be gutted, but I don’t think this is a crisis. I see it as more of a blip. They can still come back from this. They can still rally and retain their title. That’s how they have to think now.

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