Sir Alex Ferguson questioned the wisdom of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Everton on Saturday
Sir Alex Ferguson’s criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer underlined just how hard it is managing in the shadow of Manchester United’s greatest boss.
Ferguson may have been caught off guard, questioning the wisdom of Solskajer’s decision to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Everton, but his words show just how much pressure Solskjaer is under.
When Ferguson, Solskajer’s former boss and mentor, whom the current United manager still refers to as “the gaffer”, starts to doubt your judgment, you know you are sliding towards trouble.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all trodden the same path as Solskjaer and know what he is experiencing, with all three ultimately finding the United job impossible to conquer.
Ferguson and his formidable achievements have, in many ways, made the Old Trafford job a poisoned chalice, rather than a privilege, because it has become a thankless task trying to live up to his peerless success.
The international break will have come as a welcome relief for Solskjaer, who headed into it with one win in four games, that dismal return emboldening those who believe the 48-year-old is not up to managing United.
After the break, Solskjaer faces 10 games in 46 days that will surely determine his future, despite the lucrative new three-year contract he was awarded in the summer suggesting his position is free from danger.