The former Man Utd player sees many similarities between incumbent coach Solskjaer and legendary Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
“When I joined Man Utd, the team was in the transition period as of now. There are many similarities between the work of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now and Alex Ferguson before,” Viv Anderson said. “In the time of Ferguson, the brand of Man Utd was enough to attract the players, and the attraction of football is completely based on the Champions League at the moment. If not attending the Champions League, Man Utd is very difficult to attract players.”
Solskjaer has been the temporary manager of Manchester United since the end of December 2018, replacing Jose Mourinho. He started well, with a series of eight wins, while helping “Reds” overcome PSG in the 1/8 round of the Champions League. However, after signing the formal contract, Solskjaer’s miracle disappeared. Old Trafford Stadium played a decline and did not have a ticket to Champions League season 2019-2020.
Starting the new season with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea, but Man Utd failed to maintain his form. They fell in the middle of the scoreboard, and will host Arsenal in the late game round 7 of the Premier League on Monday night 30/9. If he cannot improve his performance on the pitch, the Norwegian coach is in danger of being fired.
“The old Ferguson and Solskjaer were different now. The current job is more scrutiny. However, I know Solskjaer had a great job. He was aware of that as soon as he got the job.” Anderson continued. “Solskjaer has spent a record sum on defender Harry Maguire, but he still needs more faces. To revive Man Utd, Solskjaer needs at least four or five new players.”
Viv Anderson, 63, was a former England defender. He was Alex Ferguson’s first signature at Man Utd, when he accepted to leave Arsenal in the summer of 1987. Anderson devoted four years to the “Red Devils”, and the Old Trafford owner won the 1990 FA Cup.
In January 2000, Anderson was awarded the MBE (Members of the British Empire) Medal, the lowest level of the year of the system of royal titles. Mr. Ferguson was twice awarded a medal, in 1985 and 1995. The highest level of the former Scottish coach was the CBE medal (British Empire Commander). Earlier, he was awarded the ODE (British Imperial Officer) Medal. Both are higher than MBE.