Martin Keown believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is continuing to prove himself as an expert tactician as well as possessing decent man management skills.
In 15 games under Solskjaer’s management, the Red Devils have lost just once and that was to Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League. In their other 14 games, they have won 12 and drawn against Liverpool and Burnley.
Many believe United’s uplift in form recently was primarily down to the positive mood Solskjaer brought with him to the club helping to inspire the players.
However, Keown is adamant the Norwegian is more than a one-trick pony when it comes to management, and that his ability to read the game from the dugout should play a role in giving him the full-time job.
‘Once again, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics spot on as Manchester United won at Crystal Palace,’ Keown said. ‘United’s squad may have been depleted by injuries but that did not stop Solskjaer from hatching a plan to curb Wilfried Zaha.
‘He deployed two full backs — Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot — on Zaha’s wing to nullify his threat.
‘The result? Palace’s danger man created one chance and did not have a shot on target as United secured a club record eighth straight away win.
‘The case for Solskjaer to get the job full-time continues to mount.’ Manchester United’s next fixture is against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.