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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘a mid-table coach – at best – managing elite players’, says Darren Gough

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘a mid-table manager – at best – managing a group of elite players’, says talkSPORT host Darren Gough.

The Norwegian’s ability to take Manchester United level has been questioned once again after their shock defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League.

It was a bad night at the office for Man United, who lost 2-1 to the lowest ranked team in their group

It was a bad night at the office for Man United, who lost 2-1 to the lowest ranked team in their group

Red Devils legend Solskjaer has lifted morale at the club since taking charge in December 2018 and has seen a number of world-class players arrive in his time there – most recently Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team has improved, too, and are tipped as major contenders to win the Premier League title this season.

But having top players will only get Solskjaer so far, insists Gough, who claims the 48-year-old lacks the tactical nous of an elite manager and is being found out in the Champions League.

Gough told Wednesday’s Drivetime: “Solskjaer’s improving on the job, he’s been a manager all the time but he’s managed small clubs. He got the job because of his past for Manchester United.

Has Solskjaer bitten off more than he can chew at Man United?

Has Solskjaer bitten off more than he can chew at Man United?

“It’s quite obvious, without being horrible, is that he’s a mid-table manager – at best – managing a group of elite players.

“Now and again elite players will get you out of trouble… they will get you and win you games on their own.

“But when it comes down to it in big games and Champions League is an area where he’s getting caught out a lot tactically. He hasn’t got the tactical brain of other managers who’ve been there and done it. This is where he’s falling short time and time again.”

Gough added on Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “When you’re the manager of a team that’s got great players in it, which Manchester United have, you’ve got half a chance.

Solskjaer decided to take off Ronaldo and bring on Jesse Lingard in the second half. Lingard’s mistake gifted Young Boys their winner

Solskjaer decided to take off Ronaldo and bring on Jesse Lingard in the second half. Lingard’s mistake gifted Young Boys their winner

“Let’s be honest, he has won the lottery, hasn’t he? He’s a mid-table manager who has got an opportunity to put his name in lights by managing Manchester United.

“The only reason he got that opportunity is because he’s seen as a Manchester United legend – the same as Lampard at Chelsea, the same as Arteta being an ex-Arsenal player…

“He can put his name up in lights. But really, if he got sacked tomorrow, would another top eight club in the world go after Solskjaer? No.”

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