Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Louis van Gaal will stay next season and says the Red Devils must “pull themselves together”.
Solskjaer spent 11 years at Old Trafford, during which time he won six Premier League titles and scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final to seal the Treble for Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
The Norwegian, who presently manages Molde, has spoken of his disappointment at United’s current predicament, with the club languishing in fifth place and struggling in the Europa League.
Louis van Gaal’s position has come under intense scrutiny but Solskjaer believes the Dutchman will see out his contract, despite the ‘difficult times’ ahead.
“I am very disappointed in the quality over the past few years,” Solskjaer told Olof Lundh’s podcast at fotbollskanalen.se. “We knew it would be tough after the Ferguson era but we have not managed to keep the enthusiasm and the entertaining, attacking football.
“It is very tough to see Manchester City managing to get Pep Guardiola and sign the biggest stars in Europe. I am a big fan of Guardiola and his philosophy and all his teams.
So now United have to pull themselves together. They are heading for a very difficult time.
“We are used to winning. We are used to finishing first. We are used to entertaining the fans. If we finished second it was a disappointing season, now the talk is about finishing fourth. It is undignified for a club like Manchester United.”
Solskjaer, who says he would like one day to manage United but accepts his chances are limited, added: “I think Van Gaal will stay for three years. It is a plan and a process and I am 100% sure he will stay for three years. Ryan Giggs is the most likely former player to manage the club. He has Manchester United DNA in his body.”