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Solskjaer has proved himself as a top gaffer, says Berbatov

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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The former Manchester United striker is delighted with recent progress under Solskjaer, whom he feels has proven to be a top manager.

Despite a sluggish start to the season and questions over his own future, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Manchester United to a respectable third-place finish in the Premier League.

Questions were raised earlier in the season over Solskjaer’s decisions, especially regarding his unwavering faith in the club’s young players.

But a 14-match unbeaten run from February to the last game of the season was key, with United collecting nine wins. It was enough to leapfrog Chelsea and Leicester, despite being 14 points behind the latter in January.

The 2-0 win over the Foxes last weekend secured their spot, and Champions League football for next season.

“I’m happy for everyone at the United after they hit their target of qualifying for the Champions League. They deserve it,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“They had to beat Leicester and they did it. I’m happy for Ole and the team, this will be huge for the club and for everybody.

“There will always be doubters, but overall people will realize managers need time to build. There are obstacles, of course, but in the future things can improve, and Ole has shown that.

“It will be more difficult now with the Champions League, and you will still get criticism next year when you lose, but for now, we should be happy with the work he has done.

“I think the players love him, and that’s shown by how they’ve played.”

In fact, United collected the joint-most amount of points since lockdown ended in June alongside Manchester City.

Berbatov added on Solskjaer’s impact: “He’s made United consistent, which they haven’t been for so long, and he brought it when it counted the most. They were smart, consistent, and they got results.

“You can buy players now because everyone wants to play in the Champions League, and Ole has shown what a good manager he is.”