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Jenas says Solskjaer was not the best choice for United

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United and Gary Neville ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The former Tottenham Hotspur footballer doesn’t believe the Norwegian has what it takes to take the Red Devils into championships.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas is not convinced by the work Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing at English Premier League side Manchester United.

Solskjaer was called to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on December of last year because of a string of bad results and a lot of controversy between him and his players, especially Paul Pogba.

And after a good start during his reign, the Red Devils went back to their own selves, losing in the UEFA Champions League against Barcelona, and having a difficult time in the Premier League.

Now, Jenas believes that the decision to choose the Norwegian coach as the new United manager was made with the heart and not with the mind.

“No. I felt it was an emotional decision and in any business, it should be a thought-out logical decision for the long term,” he was quoted by 101 Great Goals.

“One of the things they need to get away from is ‘the Manchester United way’ and ‘that’s not the way they used to do it’. What Sir Alex Ferguson did was very unique and United have found it very difficult to replicate with some of the best managers in the world.”

He explained: “Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City didn’t say ‘what did Mancini and Pellegrini do to win the league?’ He came in and did what he wanted to do.”

“Jurgen Klopp did that at Liverpool, he had his own style. That’s what United need. I don’t think they need to try and find someone who can get close to what Ferguson has done. They need to find [a new identity]. Mourinho tried to do that but the club didn’t buy into it.”

“I don’t think they know what they’re doing,” Jenas concluded.