Former English player and Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has been given more time at Manchester United’ than other managers have at their respective clubs in the Premier League.
Man United have only won one of their last four matches under Solskjaer and have suffered defeats to Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City recently.
But Carragher believes Solskjaer is not being ‘judged solely on the quality of his work’ and that Man United have stuck with the Norwegian because of his ’emotional attachment’ with the Red Devils fans.
“There will be those who will argue Arteta should be included in the group alongside Lampard, Pirlo and Solskjaer as a notable ex-player struggling to prove he is an elite coach at the club he played for,” he told The Telegraph.
“There have been occasions when he has seemed under intense pressure and a couple of games from losing the faith, if not of his board, certainly the Arsenal fans.
“But I have never seen Arteta in quite the same way as those others. Yes, he is a former Arsenal player, but with respect, not a legend in the same way as the other three were to Chelsea, United and Juventus.
“To me, when Arteta was offered the Arsenal job, his connection to the club was secondary to him being mentored by Guardiola at Manchester City.
“First and foremost, he is seen as a modern coach who understands how the game is evolving rather than someone steeped in the Arsenal tradition.
“That is more important than any emotional attachment to a former player because Arteta is constantly being judged solely on the quality of his work as opposed to Solskjaer who – and I mean this with the greatest respect – has been given more time than others would have been given results and performances because he is loved so much by the supporters.”
Man United will take on Watford in a Premier League tie this weekend.