why Solskjaer’s contract extension is a big mistake by Manchester United.
The Norwegian tactician Ole Gunner Solskjaer has experienced difficulty in trying to get past the semi-final stages of tournaments on multiple occasions, leading a lot of Manchester United fans to brand him “the semi-final one”.
This has been a pending issue for about 3 years now as the form that carries United players to the semi-final stage in competitions is always nowhere to be found when the team needs it most. I believe a change of managers will remove that obstacle as the touch of a trophy-winning experience might be what the team needs to get past such difficulties, and that is not available in Solskjaer.
A lot of fans believe that without a manager who has achieved English success the club would not be ready to contend for trophies and rightly so as it has been evident with Chelsea and Manchester City. The two English clubs that employed coaches with relative success at their previous clubs have started enjoying the advantages of doing so.
Lack of European competition experience As A Coach
Lack of European experience is not a fault of Ole but it is going to be necessary if he intends to win trophies at Manchester United. Although he can get the experience he needs from United it will not be accepted with happiness from the fans as they expect trophies at every point in time from their team.
This lack of experience was glaring in United’s Champions League run in the 2020/21 season where a win against Istanbul Basksehir would have guaranteed them qualification from the group stage. This also makes it difficult for United fans to get excited over his contract renewal as success is not guaranteed with Ole.
Poor Transfer Strategy
Frustration is growing over the Norwegian former player’s lack of quality signings, this has been evident in underperforming signings like Wan Bissaka and Dutch player Donny Van De Beek. This has been a major talking point as a lot of United fans have not been comfortable with him spending large chunks of the club’s money during the transfer window.
This is to be expected as he doesn’t have experience with world-class players due to the calibre of clubs he has managed. The former United player who previously coached Molde does not have management of such elite players under his belt.
These reasons explain why United going for a more experienced coach will favour the club over renewing Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s contract. It is left to be seen if he can turn the current state of the club around and deliver trophies, but as it stands it is my opinion that Ole is the wrong coach for United.