“Out of his depth”: Ex-Man United accuses Solskjaer of ‘self-preservation’ in a scathing verdict

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff slammed by former Manchester United defender for being out of their depth

Speaking to the Mirror (h/t Metro), former Manchester United defender John O’Kane has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff in a scathing assessment of the Norwegian manager.

Ole took over the helm at Manchester United shortly after Jose Mourinho was let go by the club. Before his Old Trafford gig, Solskjaer had managed Cardiff City and Molde in the past.

And O’Kane believes that the former Man United striker’s appointment as a manager was only to appease the fans. He went on to criticize the coaching staff besides Ole, which includes Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna, and Mike Phelan.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed by former Manchester United defender for self-preservation and being out of his depth
John O’Kane was a Manchester United player in the 1990s. (Image: As found on Sky Sports)

“He’s out of his depth. Look at the coaching staff he’s got there – they’re just not good enough. Mike Phelan is a top bloke, one of the nicest blokes I’ve met in football, but look where he’s come from. Kieran McKenna, a former Under-18s coach, Michael Carrick – they’re all learning on the job and this is the biggest club in the world.”

Ole out?

The former Red Devil, who played for the club for five years between 1993 and 1998, also accused Solskjaer of ‘self-preservation.

According to O’Kane, Ole has been bullied by Tottenham Hotspur into playing two defensive midfielders after the Lilywhites smashed them 6-1 last season. He added:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed by former Manchester United defender for self-preservation and being out of his depth
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a press conference for Manchester United. (imago Images)

“Since they got hammered 6-1 at home by Spurs last season, he’s reverted to playing two defensive midfielders. The safe option. I call it self-preservation. They need a better manager in there, but all the fans love Ole, don’t they?”

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The ex-Man United man is too blunt and straightforward with his verdict and could have perhaps given a more diplomatic viewing of Ole’s time at the club. But that doesn’t mean that he’s entirely wrong and some Man United fans would even agree with what he has gone on to say above.