Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has offered an explanation as to why Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “earned the right” to be respected.
Fowler explained that football is centred on the premise of getting results and added that Solskjaer has managed to secure the necessary results at Old Trafford in a “variety of ways”.
And for this reason, the former Reds striker believes that the Solskjaer is deserving of respect.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer has been in charge of the Red Devils in a permanent capacity since March 2019.
The former striker has largely done well in charge of the 13-time Premier League champions. He has granted first-team opportunities for academy players and has brought in successful signings to bolster the squad among other things.
This season, Solskjaer’s team are in with a chance of winning the Europa League title after they thrashed Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their semi-finals tie.
Fowler on Solskjaer.
Fowler, writing in his column for the Mirror, praised Solskjaer for his managerial achievements.
“One thing I always had for Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, even when they were making life so hard for a Liverpool lad, was respect,” Fowler wrote.
“They were successful and totally earned and deserved that success, and I never begrudged them that. So I wouldn’t begrudge them now, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Football is about opinions, but it’s more about results. In fact, it’s only about results – and he’s got them, playing a variety of ways.
“That speaks volumes for him and what he has achieved as a manager under real pressure. He’s earned the right to respect.”
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