Paul Ince has said that the Manchester United board were too quick to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, adding that the club should have waited until the end of last term before assessing the situation.
Having been brought in on an interim basis in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer was appointed as permanent boss following a string of fantastic results which included knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League.
However, things have turned sour for the Norwegian at Old Trafford since and United’s worst away run since 1989 was confirmed on Thursday with a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar before a damaging 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.
“I’m not here to call for any manager to be sacked – I’ve been there, and it’s not a nice feeling. But, I will reiterate what I said before and the board should never have made the decision with Ole as quickly as they did,” the 51-year-old said.
“He went to Cardiff and took them down, then he went to Molde. So, what on earth makes the board think that he’s the right man for one of, if not the, biggest jobs in football?
“If they’d have waited until the end of the season and assessed the situation, I’m not sure whether they’d have appointed him. All they took into consideration was the excitement of PSG and a few other games.
“I can see why they got sucked in, but as a board, they should’ve held their nerve and looked at all their options.”
Former United full-back Gary Neville has also been critical of the United board, saying that they are responsible for the club’s slump in form.
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