Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will find it even tougher competing for major honours next season following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in England, according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan. Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy as United boss, with the Red Devils’ last piece of silverware over four years ago.
United did finish second in the Premier League but failed to reach the final of both domestic cup competitions.
Jordan has been a common naysayer about Solskjaer and his suitability to manage the Old Trafford club.
He believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola are on a different level to the Norwegian.
And now Jordan says Tuchel, who won the Champions League with Chelsea last month, has become the third “elite” manager Solskjaer has to try and topple.
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Jordan said on talkSPORT: “I think with the arrival of Tuchel I think it’s made it even more difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to advance beyond where I think he is, which is doing a decent job but not going to win really anything with Manchester United.
“You’ve now got another manager in the mix that he’s got to overcome because it isn’t just about the players, it’s about the management.
“Guardiola and Klopp have been elite managers, and now you’ve got another real one, you’ve got Brendan Rodgers running alongside it.
“I think Manchester United are the ones that are going to have more problems next year because I still think they’ve got a fundamental lacking in their dugout, which is they don’t have a good enough manager to compete with the elite ones.”
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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly in talks to become the next Tottenham manager.
But, speaking last week, Jordan said the Italian would be a good fit at United.
“Antonio Conte is difficult but one of the few clubs that can harness his ambitions economically are Man United,” Jordan said.
“You want to win something in the here and now and to change the direction of the club, someone like Antonio Conte coming to Manchester United would probably be the fix that fixes all problems.
“He goes to places and wins things and he upsets everybody, he drives the ownership mad but I bet there’s a bunch of Manchester United fans who’d say ‘we’d welcome that because our owners are a bunch of disingenuous slobs’.
“If you want to win something in the here and now, he’s just come off the back of winning Serie A. Everywhere he goes he wins something of significance.”
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