‘He knows the history of the club and the expectation of the fans’: Nemanja Vidic hails the job done by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since coming to Manchester United and says no other former players could have matched his start
- Nemanja Vidic hailed the ‘fantastic’ job by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man United
- The Norwegian has not lost domestically since taking charge in December
- Ahead of facing Liverpool, Vidic said nobody could have matched Solskjaer
- Former players including Paul Ince have previously said his start is not special
Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes the job done by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club so far could not have been matched by any other legends of the club.
Solskjaer took over on an interim basis in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and he went into Sunday’s game without a defeat domestically.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday, Vidic feels there is not anyone associated with United who could have produced a similar record-breaking start.
Nemanja Vidic thinks nobody could have matched Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start at Man United
Going into the Liverpool match, Solskjaer has remained unbeaten in domestic competitions
‘It’s difficult to say (if another former player would have done a similar job), to win that many matches to win is amazing,’ Vidic, appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports, said.
‘Any other manager you ask can you do what Ole did, I don’t know. It helps he was at the club for many years, he knows the people at Carrington, he knows some players.
‘Maybe some other players possibly, as an option, but I don’t think anyone.’
The Norwegian has revitalised United’s players and got their bid for a top-four spot on track
Last month former United midfielder Paul Ince warned fans from getting ‘sucked in’ by Solskjaer’s impressive start as manager.
‘We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done,’ Ince told Paddy Power.
‘Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left. There was a dark cloud over the entire club, the players, the fans and the staff. It was impacting performances on the pitch.
‘Ole’s come in, a friendly face at the club with a calming influence and it seems as though the players have upped their effort as a result. The shackles are off, but that doesn’t mean that Ole is the right man for the job.
‘I could have gone in and done the same thing, so could Steve Bruce. Anyone could have gone in and done what he has done.’
Vidic, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, thinks Solskjaer is in the frame for the job full-time
But Vidic, who was a mainstay in the successful United teams under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes the ‘fantastic job’ done by Solskjaer means he has earned the right to be in the frame for the long-term role.
‘For me even if he doesn’t win (today) he’s done a fantastic job,’ Vidic added.
‘He knows the history of the club and the expectation of the fans. He plays attacking football and fans want to see exciting football. We used to watch United for many years play like that.’