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As quoted by The Manchester Evening News, Ashley Young has made some incredible comparisons between Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The current Manchester United boss has endured a difficult start to the campaign, picking up just three wins from their opening 11 Premier League games.
However, club captain, Young, has paid the Norwegian the ultimate compliment by comparing his style and managerial personality to that of Ferguson.
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When asked what the biggest change at the club has been since Solskjaer took charge, he said: “Since he came in it was like the boss had walked back through the door. Same traits, same winning mentality, same desire, hunger. He has been here as a player and knows what the club is.
“That is what the club wanted and you can see at times in training he wants to put his boots on and join in. It has been fantastic and its like the boss has walked back in the door.”
If Solskjaer desperately didn’t need one thing, then it it’s being compared to the greatest manager in the club’s history. The Norwegian is experiencing a difficult time in charge of the Red Devils, and for his captain to start making comparisons with Sir Alex when things are not going so well, is completely unnecessary.
Young no doubt wanted to throw his backing behind his beleaguered boss, and that in itself is certainly admirable. But there can be no denying that since Ferguson’s departure back in 2013, the club have constantly been looking back at the glory days. They simply need to move on, and get with the times. Instead, comments like this continue to make a mockery of any rebuild, and the looming spectre of their managerial icon continues to keep a stranglehold on affairs at Old Trafford. It has done Solskjaer no favours whatsoever.