Solskjaer ‘handy’ but very ‘lucky’ at Man Utd, says Merson

Paul Merson claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being such a “nice” guy is “handy” for the Manchester United players but insists any other manager of a top club would have been sacked by now.

Solskjaer is under extreme pressure at Old Trafford following United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

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But despite rumours of dressing room discontent and pundits calling for him to be replaced, Merson claims Solskjaer cannot resign.

“People say Solskjaer should walk away from Manchester United. Come on, he’s not going to walk away,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“It’s a once in a lifetime job, it’d like turning down the England job, something you just couldn’t do. If you’re the manager of the biggest club in the world you cannot walk away, this job will never come again.

“I don’t know Solskjaer personally, but you really felt for him on Sunday because you know he is a really nice man.

“When some managers lose like that it doesn’t really mean anything, but Solskjaer just seems so nice.

“Even after the game he fronted up, took responsibility for picking the team and you just thought he was amazing because a lot of other managers would have thrown their players under the bus.

“Imagine if Manchester United had lost 5-0 under Sir Alex Ferguson or Mourinho in that manner, or if Liverpool had under Jurgen Klopp, all of those managers would have gone mad.

“It’s all too nice at Manchester United, and that is handy for the players.”

Merson admits the defeat to Liverpool was “embarrassing” and Solskjaer is fortunate to still be in the job.

He added: “I have never seen a result like it before. Nothing compares to this result, nothing. I was embarrassed. It wasn’t a good watch.

“Manchester United versus Liverpool, the biggest game in the world, the biggest game in United’s season, and they lost it by a country mile.

“I don’t like seeing any manager get the sack but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very fortunate to still be in a job. He’s as lucky as you can become as a manager.

“I don’t care what anybody says but if any other manager at any other club in Europe lost 5-0 at home to your biggest rivals, the manager is gone. If Chelsea or Arsenal lost 5-0 at home to Tottenham, the manager would do well to still be there on the Monday morning.

“Manchester United have won just one Premier League game in five, that just isn’t acceptable, and yet the manager has still got a job. I don’t know what’s going on at the club.”


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