Manchester United news: ‘Believe in him’ – Andrei Kanchelskis tells Red Devils to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

22 Feb

Manchester United must believe in interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and give him the role full-time, insists Andrei Kanchelskis.

The Norwegian has impressed at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December.

Solskjaer is unbeaten in the Premier League since taking charge of Manchester United on an interim basis

Solskjaer, who spent almost his entire playing career with United, has transformed the club since his arrival, turning a dull and defensive side into one which entertains with fast-paced football.

And Kanchelskis, who won the Premier League title twice with the Red Devils in the early 1990s, reckons the time is right for the club to hand him the reins permanently.

In an exclusive interview with 888sport, he said: “At this moment they are best leaving him to coach and giving him a chance.

“This is an excellent time for Manchester United with good results and a good atmosphere in the dressing room.

“Everything is working right now so why change and go for a big name? They are better off believing in him.”

And Kanchelskis was keen to express his delight at Solskjaer’s attacking football, which has made the club far more entertaining to watch since Mourinho’s sacking.

He added: “I am very, very happy about Solskjaer because he’s a good coach. He has got Manchester United in his bones and he knows exactly what is needed.

“He was at the club playing for a long time and now I’m so glad that he’s back. Whether he stays or not, we will see what happens at the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring against Liverpool during his playing days

“This is a good time for him and they’re winning every game and playing very well. It was so sad how the club was under Jose Mourinho, and the results, but now it is an excellent time.”

Manchester United have scored 23 goals in nine Premier League matches and Kanchelskis believes the way the club are playing now is reminiscent of his time at Old Trafford in the mid-90s under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He added: “Everybody looks back to 1993 and 1994 when United had Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, myself, and Roy Keane and it was a more attacking style of play. It was excellent football and we had some great teams.

Cantona (L), Giggs (trophy), and Keane (R) combined to help United dominate the Premier League during the 90s

“People liked the style of football demanded by Sir Alex Ferguson who was a great coach. He would insist we win, win, win every match and we attacked every match. Now it is like it was before under Ferguson. Mourinho didn’t like attacking football but Solskjaer does and the people are happy again.

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“We have an excellent team with great players. Before I didn’t enjoy watching the games because they played more defensive but now it’s a different style, different football. With Mourinho there was a problem.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Andrei Kanchelskis, including his thoughts on how Solskjaer has United in his bones

Manchester United: How Sir Alex Ferguson’s former players have done as managers as Paul Scholes joins Oldham

13 Feb

Paul Scholes is the latest in a long line of former Manchester United stars to have played under Sir Alex Ferguson to step into management.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder has given up his role as a TV pundit for BT Sport to take on his first managerial job with the League Two club and the boyhood Latics fan has signed a one-and-a-half-year deal.

Paul Scholes is now in charge of Oldham

His debut went well too as they registered a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

So, after Scholes’ debut in the dugout, we look at how players, in no particular order, have fared on the touchline after being managed by Fergie.


Viv Anderson – Managed: Barnsley

The former defender spent a solitary season between 1993 & 1994 as player-manager at Barnsley following the departure of Mel Machin.

They narrowly avoided relegation to the third tier and he went on to assist Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough the following season, but has not taken up any further roles since then.

Anderson was briefly in charge of Barnsley

Paul Parker – Managed: Chelmsford, Welling

Nippy and reliable full-back from Ferguson’s first title-winning team spent four years managing non-league teams with little success.

Paul Parker (left) in 1993

Teddy Sheringham – Managed: Stevenage and ATK

Following his retirement from football, the former England international tried his hand in the world of professional poker, before taking over at League Two Stevenage, his first managerial role, but was sacked in February 2016 with the club in 19th.

He had previously worked as attacking coach with West Ham. But was sacked by his second club, Indian Super League side ATK, after winning only three of his ten matches in charge.

Sheringham looks on for Stevenage in 2015

Peter Davenport – Managed: Macclesfield, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, and Southport

Was with Ferguson during his first two seasons at United. Did little at Macclesfield but oversaw their UEFA Cup victory against Yugoslavia’s FK Sartid in 2000 at Bangor City. Moved into non-league but has not managed since 2010.

Davenport in charge of Macceslfield in 1999

Frank Stapleton – Managed: Bradford and New England Revolution

The Irishman was sacked after three years as player-manager of fourth tier Bradford City in 1994. He then took a job in the first season of the MLS with the New England Revolution but lasted only nine months.

Stapleton celebrates a goal in 1986

Ryan Giggs – Managed: Manchester United and Wales

The United legend came to the rescue at the end of the David Moyes disastrous reign in 2014 and managed two wins, a draw and a defeat in his four games as caretaker before being appointed as Louis van Gaal’s assistant when he took charge.

He was appointed Wales manager in January last year after taking over from Chris Coleman.

Giggs took charge of Man United briefly in 2014

Andrei Kanchelskis – Managed: Torpedo-Zil Moscow, Ufa, Jurmala, FC Solyaris Moscow, and Navbahor Namangan

The once tricky winger took over at minor Moscow club Torpedo-Zil in 2009 for a couple of unspectacular years.

Kanchelskis then moved to Russian Premier League’s Ufa in 2011 but lasted only 16 months, was relegated with Latvians Jurmala in 2014. Now 50, he’s in charge of Uzbekestan-based side Navbahor Namangan.

The former winger has managed mainly in Russia

Chris Casper – Managed: Bury

Defender made just two appearances for United before being sold to Reading but he was forced to retire aged 23 with a horrendous double leg fracture.

Casper spent three years at Bury but failed to impress and was sacked in January 2008. Now working with the Premier League and helping clubs in the north west with their academies.

A leg break forced Casper to retire

Chris Turner – Managed: Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport

Goalkeeper played under Ferguson for two years before taking up management in 1994. Won just seven games out of 47 with Leyton Orient but had a solid three years at Hartlepool before joining club he supported as a boy Sheffield Wednesday in 2002. Was relegated with them, then Stockport the following year. Is now chief executive of Chesterfield.


Michael Appleton – Managed: Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn, and Oxford United

Played twice for United, before being loaned out to Lincoln City and Grimbsy Town before joining Preston North End.

Retired early with knee injury and then took charge of former club West Brom and became Roy Hodgson’s assistant. He would then replace Steve Cotterill as Portsmouth manager in 2011.

He won just over 25 per cent of his games before joining Blackpool, lasting just 57 days.

Appleton managed 10 more days there than at Blackpool and took over at Oxford United. Two-game spell in charge of Leicester in 2017, before leaving.

Appelton oversaw Leicester for two games

Roy Keane – Managed: Sunderland and Ipswich

There were high hopes for United’s former midfield enforcer and he took that competitive nature with him into management, winning the Championship impressively with Sunderland in 2007.

A series of fallouts and inconsistent displays, meant he resigned two years later, to which the Sunderland players reportedly cheered upon hearing the news.

A two-year spell with Ipswich Town was his last as manager and he has since been assistant at Aston Villa, Republic of Ireland and now Nottingham Forest.

Keane won the Championship but had a mixed spell in the Premier League

Paul Ince – Managed: Macclesfield, Milton Keynes Dons, Blackburn, Notts County, and Blackpool

The ‘Guv’nor’ began in the lower leagues with the likes of Maccelsfield Town and MK Dons, before he got his big break with Blackburn in the Premier League in 2008.

A disastrous spell there, meant he returned to MK Dons, before failing to impress at Notts County and Blackpool. Yet to work in management since.

Ince had a disastrous spell in charge of Blackburn

Henning Berg – Managed: Lyn, Lillestrom, Blackburn, Legia Warsaw, Videoton, and Stabaek

The former United and Rovers defender was approached by Blackburn owners Venky’s after unspectacular spells in charge of two Norwegian clubs. He won just one game for Rovers and was sacked after 57 days in the job.

Berg went on to win the Polish league with Legia Warsaw but was harshly sacked despite them being second. The same fate occurred at Videoton.

He is now at Stabaek in Oslo.

Berg managed just one win at Blackburn

Henrik Larsson – Managed: Landskrona, Falkenbergs, and Helsingborgs

Celtic legend enjoyed loan spell at United in 2007, scoring three times before keeping his promise to his family and returning home and was managing in Sweden three years later.

Failed to win promotion from second tier with Landskrona, but kept Falkenbergs in top flight before joining Helsingborgs, who he guided to a mid-table finish.

Larsson has learned his trade in Sweden

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Managed: Molde, Cardiff, and Manchester United (interim)

The ‘Baby-faced assassin’ arrived at Cardiff after winning three tiles with Molde in Norway, but struggled in the Premier League and was sacked in the Championship following relegation.

He returned to Molde and then took over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December. He’s currently in line for the job on a permanent basis after winning 10 of his 11 matches in charge and galvanising the squad.

Solskjaer has won ten of his eleven games in charge of United

Bryan Robson – Managed: Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Brom, Sheffield United, and Thailand

Began as player-manager with Middlesbrough, then got Bradford relegated from the Championship. He kept West Brom up dramatically in 2005 but then faded soon after.

Robson famously kept West Brom up

Steve Bruce – Managed: Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Sunderland, and Hull City

Impressed at Birmingham and Wigan, but was sacked after a poor spell at Sunderland.

He was also relegated with Hull, despite taking them to the FA Cup final in 2014 where they lost to Arsenal, however he has proved to be largely successful at the higher levels of the English game during his 21 years of management.

Steve Bruce has enjoyed a decent career in management

Mark Hughes – Managed: Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke, and Southampton

Hughes was sacked last year after a difficult spell with Southampton, who he had kept up in 2017/18.

A disastrous spell at big-spending QPR in 2012 saw him eventually replaced by Harry Redknapp Even there he kept the club up against the odds in 2011/12. Worked well at Wales, Blackburn, Fulham and then Stoke.

He was also in charge of Manchester City at the dawn of the Abu Dhabi era and signed Vincent Kompany.

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton in 2018