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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “a midfield coach – at best – managing elite players,” says Darren Gough, who claims Manchester United boss lacks the “tactical brain” to succeed in the Champions League

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “a mid-table manager – at best – who manages an elite group of players,” says talkSPORT host Darren Gough.

The Norwegian’s ability to reach Manchester United’s level has again come into question after his shock defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League.

It was a bad night at the office for Man United, who lost 2-1 to the lowest-ranked team in their group
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Red Devils legend Solskjaer has boosted the club’s morale since taking office in December 2018 and has seen a number of world-class players come to his time, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team have also improved and are considered one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season.

But having the best players won’t get Solskjaer so far, insists Gough, who claims the 48-year-old lacks the tactical acumen of an elite manager and is discovered in the Champions League.

The great English cricketer also adds that Solskjaer’s legendary status at Old Trafford is the only reason he still has the job, claiming that no other top team would.

Gough told Drivetime on Wednesday: “Solskjaer is improving in his job, he has always been a manager, but he has managed small clubs. He got the job because of his past for Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “a midfield coach – at best – managing elite players,” says Darren Gough, who claims Manchester United boss lacks the “tactical brain” to succeed in the Champions League
Did Solskjaer bite more than he can chew at Man United?
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“It’s pretty obvious, without being horrible, is that he’s a mid-table manager – at best – managing an elite group of players.

“Every once in a while elite players will get you out of trouble… they’ll get you and win you matches on their own.”

“But when it comes to the big games and the Champions League is an area where he gets caught a lot tactically. He doesn’t have the tactical brains of other managers who have been there and done it. This is where it is missing again and again.

Gough added during Thursday’s talkSPORT breakfast: “When you’re the manager of a team with great players, like Manchester United, you have half a chance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “a midfield coach – at best – managing elite players,” says Darren Gough, who claims Manchester United boss lacks the “tactical brain” to succeed in the Champions League
Solskjaer decided to withdraw Ronaldo and bring in Jesse Lingard in the second half. Lingard’s mistake gave Young Boys their winner
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“Let’s be honest, he won the lottery, didn’t he? He is a mid-table manager who had the opportunity to put his name in the spotlight when managing Manchester United.

“The only reason he got this opportunity is because he’s considered a Manchester United legend – the same as Lampard at Chelsea, the same as Arteta being a former Arsenal player…

“He can put his name in the lights. But really, if he were sacked tomorrow, would another top eight club in the world come after Solskjaer? No.”

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