Jamie Carragher has continued his brutal criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by claiming the Manchester United boss is “never going to be at the level” of the Premier League’s top managers
Jamie Carragher has brutally taken aim at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he continues his criticism of the Manchester United manager.
Liverpool legend Carragher says Solskjaer finds himself in the same position as he was in his own playing days for England: not better than those ahead of him.
Solskjaer had a similar experience as Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s superb sub during his playing days, retiring in 2007 as the top off-the-bench Premier League goalscorer, netting 17 times as a substitute.
Carragher and Solskjaer have been embroiled in a recent war of words, with the ex-Anfield stalwart slamming the Norwegian ahead of Liverpool going to Old Trafford on Sunday.
“He’s done a good job at Manchester United,” Carragher began in his Telegraph column after criticising him midweek on CBS Sports.
“I honestly believe that. He’s probably exceeded expectations.
“There’s been entertainment you didn’t get under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. But he’s never going to be at the level of the three managers he’s got to beat.
“He’s never going to be them. He’s never going to have that gravitas,” the player-turned-pundit affirmed.
“He hasn’t got the presence of [Jurgen] Klopp at Liverpool, he’s hasn’t got the trophies behind him that [Pep] Guardiola has at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City so that when he speaks the players hang off his every word.”
The pressure on Solskjaer was cranked up after the summer transfer window, with the sensational re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo following the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Entering his third full season in charge, the 48-year-old has overseen mixed results and largely disappointing performances.
However, Carragher has commended Solskjaer for making a “strong” decision for the Red Devils’ 3-2 win against Atalanta in the Champions League, one that had been “fudged” until the match on Wednesday evening.
“He said after Leicester [United’s 4-2 defeat four days prior] that ‘something has to give’ and responded by dropping Paul Pogba against Atalanta.
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“It was a big decision but he and United should be preparing for life without Pogba, who could easily leave at the end of the season.
“I thought it was strong management from Solskjaer to omit him after the player’s comments post-Leicester about something needing to change because it’s a decision that’s largely been fudged until now.”
Klopp and Solskjaer will meet on the touchline this weekend but Carragher concluded that the result will not change the Red Devils’ predicament, despite United being able to go within one point of Liverpool with a win.