Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘NEVER going to be at the level of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp or Thomas Tuchel’, insists Jamie Carragher… and says Man United boss has ‘fudged’ a call on wantaway Paul Pogba
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jamie Carragher have clashed once already this week
- Now, Carragher has delivered a takedown on Solskjaer’s ability as a manager
- Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday in the league
Jamie Carragher has issued a withering assessment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial capabilities and claimed he will never be as good as his immediate rivals at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Solskjaer hit out at Carragher earlier this week, claiming the Sky Sports pundit was trying to destabilise his side ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool by claiming Manchester United need a better manager.
Now, writing for The Telegraph, Carragher said while Solskjaer was right to return fire at him, his point remains and drew comparisons to his own playing career with England in how Solskjaer matches up to Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel.
Jamie Carragher has issued a scathing assessment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a manager
Carragher says Solskjaer will never surpass Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Thomas Tuchel
Klopp’s Liverpool head to Old Trafford to take on United in the Premier League on Sunday
‘John Terry was taller than me and was always going to be better in the air. Rio Ferdinand was quicker and stronger,’ Carragher said. ‘I maxed out with what I had… but nothing I could do was ever going to supplant the two of them. It’s the same with Solskjaer up against Klopp, Guardiola and Tuchel.
‘He’s never going to be at the level of the three managers he’s got to beat. He’s never going to be them. He’s never going to have that gravitas.
‘He hasn’t got the presence of Klopp at Liverpool, he’s hasn’t got the trophies behind him that Guardiola has at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City so that when he speaks the players hang off his every word.
‘What intensifies the spotlight is Tuchel coming in. Chelsea were where United have been in the last two or three years but they brought in a manager who has taken them up to that Liverpool and City level really quickly.’
Carragher said the swift impact of Tuchel at Chelsea heightens the scrutiny on Solskjaer
Carragher questioned if players hang on Solskjaer’s words like Man City’s stars with Guardiola
Carragher also turned on Solskjaer’s handling of Paul Pogba, who was dropped for the game against Atalanta after saying ‘something has to change’ following the 4-2 defeat by Leicester last weekend.
Pogba is also in the final year of his United contract with uncertainty intensifying over whether his long-term future lies at Old Trafford.
‘It was a big decision but he and United should be preparing for life without Pogba, who could easily leave at the end of the season,’ Carragher said.
‘I thought it was strong management from Solskjaer to omit him after the player’s comments post-Leicester about something needing to change because it’s a decision that’s largely been fudged until now.’
Solskjaer was given credit by Carragher for dropping Paul Pogba against Atalanta
Pogba came off the bench and helped United defeat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League
Pogba came on in the 66th minute for Scott McTominay against Atalanta, with United 2-1 down at the time. His performance helped United overturn the deficit and seal a crucial 3-2 win against the Serie A side.
United are winless in their last three Premier League matches and sit sixth in the standings.
A defeat against Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday would leave United seven points behind their fierce rivals with just nine league matches played.