Manchester United should NOT sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Massimiliano Allegri


Former Liverpool player and ESPN pundit Steve Nicol believes that Manchester United should sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Massimiliano Allegri. Here’s why he’s wrong.

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first arrived as caretaker manager at Manchester United, it didn’t take long before fans and pundits alike were calling on the club to appoint him on a permanent basis.

However, fast forward a few months and the same people are already calling on him to be sacked after a poor end to the season, which has seen his side lose six out of their last ten games.

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One of the more outspoken of Solskjaer’s critics is former Liverpool player and ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who recently said that United should sack Solskjaer in favour of Massimiliano Allegri, who Juventus have announced is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Allegri has been linked with a move to Old Trafford before, and now that he is available, Nicol believes that “it’s no contest” between him and Solskjaer on who should be managing the club next season.

However, I have to disagree.

Juventus have let go of Allegri for a reason – two in fact – which mean that he would not be a good fit for the United job.

Firstly, the Italian is known to set up his side to play a dull, protective brand of football which was not popular with fans of the Old Lady.

Secondly, and more importantly, the 51-year-old is known to have a problematic relationship with his players, as shown by his various heated confrontations with Leonardo Bonucci, who he eventually sold.

Furthermore, it has been reported that Allegri didn’t get along well with Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa either, who were often shown the cold shoulder this season.

Do these qualities remind you of anyone? A certain Jose Mourinho, perhaps?

Indeed, before he was sacked earlier this season, the Portuguese was blasted for playing turgid football and getting into spats with players such as Paul Pogba.

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If the board want to avoid making yet another poor managerial appointment, they should have faith in Solskjaer and give him the necessary funds to improve the squad ahead of next season.