Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs more time to show he can build a squad capable of challenging at the top end of the table.
The Red Devils have had a very disappointing start to the Norwegian’s first full season in charge, but Scholes cited Jurgen Klopp’s first two years at Liverpool as an example for how progress has to be made:
“Remember when Jurgen Klopp came in at Liverpool… for the first year or two you felt that he was building something towards a team that would go on and challenge for the league and they look like that now.”
“They challenged last year and they look like they’re going to win the league this year so there needs to be some enthusiasm from fans to see that there’s progression in the team and that there’s a team that in a year or two or maybe three have a chance at the league. ”
“We haven’t seen that at the minute but with three or four transfer windows, who knows? Hopefully Ole can turn it around.”
The big question, though, is whether Solskjaer should be trusted with the money in subsequent transfer windows. His first three signings have proven to be relatively successful but it hasn’t translated to results on the pitch so far.
Scholes’ comparison only works in the sense that it is right to give a manager time if he is the right man for the job. In terms of success, there is really no comparison between Solskjaer and Klopp’s managerial records.
Before arriving at Anfield, the German had won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final. In contrast, Solskjaer has won two Norwegian league championships with Molde.