Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will never bring fear factor back to Old Trafford, says Simon Jordan

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to take Manchester United back to the levels of his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will never be able to intimidate teams at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager, according to former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.

Solskjaer’s United were beaten at home on Saturday by Crystal Palace, their first league win at Old Trafford since 1989, when Patrick van Aanholt scored in the third minute of stoppage time.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the last minutes of games were known as ‘Fergie Time’ because of the regularity with which his side would score late on.

But Jordan, now a TV and radio personality, is unconvinced that Solskjaer will ever be able to recreate that feeling of invincibility at United’s home ground.

‘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,’ Jordan told talkSPORT.

‘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.

Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season but have not won since (Picture: Getty)

‘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!’


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