Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is Man Utd's worst permanent boss in almost 50 years

  • Kobe Tong

Manchester United are in a serious rut after their 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were jeered off the pitch after goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez exposed one of their worst performances of the entire season.

It seems miraculous that the Red Devils even find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League standings, especially when you consider it’s their worst ever campaign in the competition.

But don’t let their European placing deceive you, because they’re closer to Newcastle United in 14th place than they are Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.

As a result, United fans have widened their disgust from Ed Woodward and the Glazer family to Solskajer as well with ‘#OleOut’ trending on Twitter after every match.

Calls for Solskjaer to be sacked

Reports suggest that the United hierarchy are still backing their manager’s long-term project, but there are plenty of supporters who think the inexperienced Norwegian has already has his chance.

Besides, whether or not it’s a fresh belief that slowly rebuilding is the way forward, Solskjaer is being given preferential treatment compared to the other post-Sir Alex Ferguson managers.

Don’t believe us? Well, Solskjaer’s statistics as manager are so terrible that it’s actually historic and that’s especially the case when you focus on his results as the permanent boss.

Solskjaer’s terrible permanent record

If we forget about his time as the interim boss, Solskjaer boasts an alarming record of just 18 wins from 46 matches in all competitions and he’s lost more Premier League games than he’s won.

Overall, that brings Solskjaer’s win rate to a catastrophic 39.13%, which marks a 34% decrease on his achievements prior to being given the full-time role.

When you compare that to all of the permanent managers in United’s history, it makes Solskjaer the seventh worst the club has ever appointed and the least successful in 49 years.

Frank O’Farrell – who managed United between 1971 and 1972 – was the last coach to produce a worse win rate and four of the six managers below Solskjaer held the post before the Second World War.

And it looks even worse on United when you consider that the manager who came closest to Ferguson’s win rate was in fact Jose Mourinho… ouch.

GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says

United need to ask themselves a key question: are they in for the long run or not?

Literally the only incentive to keep Solskjaer in the role is by believing in his long-term vision and that they’re working towards a slow rebuild akin to Jurgen Klopp’s work at Liverpool.

However, even if that’s the case, I feel so certain that Solskjaer is too inexperienced to achieve something of that nature that United should wake up and smell the coffee.

Just as United have been seduced by the prospect of smash-and-grab trophies since 2013, they were misled by Solskjaer’s interim form and should never have appointed him in the first place.

It’s up to the Red Devils to decide whether the time is right to send Solskjaer packing or whether they’re going to commit to a project that could breed even more mediocrity. 

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