Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned things around at Manchester United and there’s no debating that.
When he took over from Jose Mourinho in December, the Red Devils were in sixth place, 11 points behind the top four.
Fast forward three months and United are now up to fifth, just two points behind Arsenal, who currently occupy that final Champions League qualification spot.
Solskjaer’s side are also still alive in Europe this season after successfully negotiating a tough tie against Paris Saint-Germain that very few expected them to progress from.
With ‘Ole at the wheel’, life is certainly good at Old Trafford. So much so, that he’s expected to take the manager’s job full-time this summer, to the delight of many fans.
Solskjaer made an instant impression in the dugout and quickly boosted his already high reputation with fans thanks to a fantastic run of results.
But one man who wasn’t getting carried away after the Norwegian’s initial success was Paul Ince.
Back in February, the former Man United midfielder had a few things to say about Solskjaer’s success.
“We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done. Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left,” Ince said, per Goal.
“Ole’s come in, a friendly face at the club with a calming influence and it seems as though the players have upped their effort as a result.
“I could have gone in and done the same thing. Anyone could have gone in and done what he has done, it wasn’t a hard thing to do to give those players freedom and improve the mood.”
That opinion has been heavily criticised by fans, with many slamming his suggestion as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘deluded’.
All that noise died down quickly, but ahead of United’s FA Cup clash with Wolves on Saturday, Gary Lineker couldn’t help but take a dig at Ince for the unpopular opinion that he shared last month.
Lineker, who was presenting BBC’s coverage of the cup tie, turned to Ince before joking: “A lot has been said about what Solskjaer’s done but anyone could have done it couldn’t they, Paul?”
Cue hysterical laughter from Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, who were sitting alongside Ince – who also took the joke quite well. Check it out below.
Never change, Gary.