Sir Alex Ferguson visited Manchester United’s Carrington headquarters on Tuesday, two days after the Red Devils were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool in the Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have told Sir Alex Ferguson “we don’t need you here” after the former Manchester United manager paid an ill-timed visit to the club’s Carrington base.
That is the verdict of Liverpool hero Steve Nicol, who claims Solskjaer had every right to be “disgusted” or go “ballistic” at Ferguson’s actions.
The iconic Scotsman travelled to United’s training ground on Tuesday, two days after the club he took to the pinnacle of English football suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat by arch-rivals Liverpool.
Ferguson’s visit comes at a time of enormous pressure on Solskjaer, who is believed to have three games to save his career as Red Devils boss.
The 79-year-old is also in the spotlight himself, with many claiming it is time for United to reduce his great influence eight years on from his retirement.
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Nicol claimed Ferguson’s arrival at Carrington was the last thing Solskjaer needed during a scathing interview with ESPN , likening the trip to “the teacher coming to remind the pupil what to do”.
The former Scotland right-back also questioned Ferguson’s “bad timing”, asking why the ex-manager chose to visit after an embarrassing loss to Liverpool rather than a run of wins.
“You don’t turn up when all this is going on, it makes it worse for Ole,” said Nicol. “It diminishes Ole’s role, he’s supposed to be the man.
“Can you imagine Alex Ferguson when he was a manager at Manchester United when they were having a bad run and all of a sudden Matt Busby walks out onto the training ground – Fergie would have gone absolutely ballistic.”
Nicol believes Solskjaer should be “disgusted” by the behaviour of the figurehead he worked under at Old Trafford for 11 years.
However, the four-time First Division winner doubts whether the Norwegian hit back at Ferguson at all, suggesting timidness may be one of his main shortcomings as manager.
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“The reason Ole is in the position he is is because I don’t think Ole actually gets worked up, loses his rag, goes crazy, tells people what they should and shouldn’t be doing; because that’s what he should be doing now,” added Nicol.
“He should be telling Alex and whoever sent Alex down there: ‘Excuse me, we don’t need you here’.”
The three games Solskjaer reportedly has to save his job see United travel to Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday and Atalanta in the Champions League before a crunch derby against local rivals Manchester City.