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Harry Redknapp has given his opinion on Manchester United hiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Enough was enough for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho had to go.

The Portuguese coach was sacked on Monday with the Red Devils 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

The quality of football was seriously poor and Mourinho didn’t seem to have good relationships with many of his players.

Indeed, the Mirror reported that Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku were the only two players to show support to Mourinho before his departure.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take over as the caretaker manager until the end of the season.

There’s little risk in hiring a man who is already a favourite among the club’s supporters.

And, while his objective will be to finish in the top four, it’s clear that Man United will use the rest of the season to prepare a long-term rebuild.

Redknapp reacts to Solskjaer appointment

The club could have made Michael Carrick the caretaker boss, or moved Nicky Butt from academy manager.

But they instead opted to bring Solskjaer in from Norwegian club Molde.

It’s a decision that has surprised Harry Redknapp, who believes Steve Bruce would have been more suited for the role.

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“I wouldn’t bet on them to be in the top six, to be honest with you,” Redknapp told talkSPORT on Tuesday.

“It was a big shock to me when his [Solskjaer’s] name got mentioned yesterday. I thought a Steve Bruce or somebody, if they’re looking for a short-term appointment until the end of the year…

“He knows the game, he knows the club - he captained the club.

“Someone like that I thought might go in and take it until the end of the season.

“Solskjaer didn’t strike me as being the person for the time. He looks a nice lad but he doesn’t strike me as being a manager of Man United.

“I think the Bruce’s of this world… I could see him being more of a leader and being someone to go in there and hit them.”

Redknapp’s comments haven’t gone down well with football fans on Twitter, some of whom feel as though the former Tottenham Hotspur is simply showing support to an old friend.

Topics:
Steve Bruce
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Harry Redknapp
Football
Jose Mourinho
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United

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