Pundit: Solskjaer won’t take Man Utd back to the top

Joe Williams
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t take Manchester United back to the summit of English football, according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.

The Red Devils have had a mixed start to the new Premier League season, hammering Chelsea 4-0 in their opening match before grabbing a respectable draw on the road at Wolves last Monday.

On Saturday, United suffered their first defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace and Jordan thinks Old Trafford has now lost its “fear factor”.

“Because it’s Manchester United, we’ve watched all of their games because there is more focus on Manchester United,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“On one hand you could say, two penalties put Manchester United five points better off so we would have a different look at Man United because they would be second.

“But if you look at the manner in which Man United are playing, I’m sorry because I know Man United fans will start yelling and screaming, but up to 60 minutes against Chelsea they were getting bossed.

“Chelsea were the better side in that game by a long way and nobody could see anybody other than Chelsea scoring goals. Now conventional wisdom was defied, Sam Allardyce got made to look a fool on the touchline as we did sitting here and Chelsea capitulated.

“But anyone else other than Chelsea on that day, of that sort of perceived stature, wouldn’t have capitulated and I don’t think Man United would have won that game.

“With respect, Palace got very, very lucky yesterday and Roy [Hodgson] talked about ‘riding their luck’ and ultimately pulling a result out of nowhere.

“But looking at that performance; there is no fear factor, nobody cares about Old Trafford in way they once did because that image is gone.

“And I don’t think it is going to come back under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because part of that image, as we know, was best players winning games.

“But also, there was this figure at the very head of Manchester United as a football operation, which was [Sir Alex] Ferguson.

“Are you seriously saying to me that the serious times of Man United, with Liverpool and Man City disappearing into the horizon, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to operate at the level that is required? I don’t think so!”