‘Question marks will remain unless something changes’: Robin van Persie insists Ole Gunnar Solskajer will be under pressure even if Manchester United win the Europa League, saying ‘attractive’ football will save him
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led Manchester United to seventh in the table this year
- Former Red Devil striker Robin van Persie believes he must win with style
- Dutchman claimed Jose Mourinho’s 2017 Europa League win was not satisfying
Robin van Persie believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must deliver not just trophies but also attractive football to win over Manchester United supporters.
The Norwegian has endured a mixed tenure since taking over as manager of the Old Trafford club in Decmeber 2018, with the team currently seventh in the Premier League and three points from the top four.
Former Red Devils hitman from Persie also believes the pressure of following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson generates further pressure on managers at the club.
Robin van Persie (R) believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has questions to answer
Van Persie told the Sun: Question marks about Ole will remain unless something changes, even if they win the Europa League – the standards are that high.
‘It would help take some pressure off, but the club have been winning over so many years and everyone remembers the Ferguson era.
‘His philosophy was about taking risks and playing entertaining football and that’s what United fans expect.
‘When you play there that’s the pressure you have to get used to. Winning is not enough – you have a nice and attractive way to win. ‘
The Dutchman also claimed the 2017 Europa League final win was unsatisfying for fans
Van Persie explained: ‘When they won under Mourinho, somehow it didn’t feel satisfying.
‘They won it, yes, but you have to do it in a certain way. If you win ugly, I don’t think it counts for some people.
‘If you go back to that final against Ajax, it was a tactical final. The games before that were not great either.
‘You were not describing United as being a couple or levels above their opponent.
‘They’ve got over the line in the final, but over the next couple of months Solskjaer needs to go that one stage further.
‘Football is entertainment and fans because to see that. Miss a chance? That’s fine, but it has to be in a way that pleases the eye.
‘Yes, there are many styles to win; there is more than one way to Rome. But the system they find has to be a positive one.
‘And I hope for Solskjaer he can find that style, whatever that is, and do it in a classy way.
‘He has proven himself in Europe before but if you are the coach or United you always have to prove yourself. That never stops, from the first day to the last. ‘
Solskjaer has led his side to seventh in the table this season, three points from fourth place
Van Persie added: ‘It’s a great trophy to win, up against some really good sides.
‘Over the last couple of years teams just under that top level are getting better with more money to spend on better players.
‘If you look at the squad or Inter for example, that is a top-quality team. If you draw against them it is going to be tough.
“It is not a certainty that United will just reach the final.”