Former Manchester United (MU) striker Andy Cole has defended his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The MU coach is currently receiving a lot of criticism because of the Red Devils’ poor performance this season.
“I don’t think any manager should accept that kind of criticism, whether it’s United or non-league. I think they’re trying to work to the best of their ability. He’s trying like everyone else has tried before,” Cole said, quoted by Sky Sports , Tuesday (16/11).
Cole explained that he defended Solskjaer not because he was a former team-mate. But he considered it inappropriate for someone to criticize anyone like that.
The former England international said seeing Solskjaer in this position made him feel uncomfortable because of the constant criticism. “Whether he’s my former team-mate or not, even if it’s someone I don’t know, I don’t like people talking about him like that. But I don’t like that because when I played with him, I got along very well with him. this position now does not suit me,” said Cole.
The 50-year-old man is aware that many parties want United to return to their original place. According to him, of course it takes time to realize it. For Cole, people can’t talk about how long it’s going to be because the coaches before Solskjaer were in the same position before.
“The wand that Ole picks up sometimes isn’t great,” Cole said.
Lately, Solskjaer has been in the spotlight after failing to bring MU to show a good performance and as one of the big English and European teams this season. Manchester United is currently in sixth place in the Premier League standings with 17 points from 11 matches.
United were also knocked out of the Premier League Cup when they lost to West Ham 1-0. In the Champions League, the Red Devils have not been able to ensure themselves to qualify for the round of 16 even though they are currently ranked first in Group F with 7 points from 4 matches.