Top English football pundit and the former Chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club, Simon Jordan tears Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to shreds while on talkSPORT during the review of the games played over the weekend as he describes Solskjaer as not been the man to return Man United back to the highest level of football, in terms of winning trophies and doing it consistently because he lacks the guile, talent and technical know-how to do it the highest level.
During the rant, Simon Jordan had a fair share of his mind to give Man United striker Anthony Martial calling him a “lightweight”, who only turn up when he chooses and wants to. He also noted that Anthony Martial is one of the players that won’t allow Solskjaer to achieve anything as a Man United manager.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided the Red Devils to a second-place finish in the Premier League and the Europa League final last term, but that is not enough says Jordan.
He said: “Of course he’s [Solskjaer] got mental fortitude. Of course, he’s got the strength of character.
“That can’t supersede talent, they can run alongside it. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is probably the loveliest man on the planet, he’s probably got loads of backbone and he’s got loads of character.
“I put him up against Tuchel, I put him up against Klopp, I put him up against Guardiola and he’s a pale imitation.
“When it comes down to it, there is a way of communicating and there is a way of producing a side, there is a way of dealing with the media and there is a way of running a football club that illustrates a certain level of talent and I don’t think he has it.
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“I do not believe, to bridge the gap with the guile, passion, and leverage that Klopp brings in, with the finances that Chelsea and City bring in and the elite management structures they have, too, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to bring Manchester United back to the top of the pyramid.
“Are United about winning the Europa League? I thought they were about winning the Premier League and the Champions League. There is not a parallel universe, in my view, where this guy achieves that.”
Simon Jordan added: “I’ve spoken repeatedly about Martial over the last two or three years in conjunction with Solskjaer and the team he wants to build and success he may or may not have, may not have being my primary observation on that.
“Players like Anthony Martial will embody any reason why he doesn’t have success.
“I think they have moved past players like him now. I think he’s lightweight and he does it when he feels like it. He embodies a period of Manchester United’s buying criteria that doesn’t reflect that well.”
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