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As a permanent Premier League manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even worse record than Steve Bruce

2 months ago
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A meeting of two Old Trafford playing heroes on Sunday, Steve Bruce v Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

An article I saw earlier today was considering which of these has proved to be the best manager in the Premier League, of all the players Sir Alex Ferguson had at Manchester United.

Obviously not the greatest of pools to be fishing from.

Sunday will be the 400th Premier League game that Steve Bruce has managed/head coached.

His current PL record is:

Played 399 Won 111 Drawn 111 Lost 177

His win ratio is a feeble 27.8%, the worst of any manager who has taken charge of 300 Premier League games or more.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a great job in terms of trying to ensure Steve Bruce is seen as Alex Ferguson’s best produced manager from the players he had.

In terms of Premier League games when he has been a permanent manager (not caretaker), Solskjaer has an even worse record than Steve Bruce.

On 2 January 2014 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the Cardiff job and by the time he relegated them at the end of that season, his Cardiff PL record was finalised as:

Played 18 Won 3 Drawn 3 Lost 12

On 28 March 2019 Solskjaer was given the Man Utd job on a permanent basis and his PL record since then has been:

Played 15 Won 4 Drawn 5 Lost 6

Leaving him with a Premier League record as a permanent manager so far of:

Played 33 Won 7 Drawn 8 Lost 18

A winning ratio of only 21.2%.

As a caretaker manager of Man Utd though, he led a charmed life which meant they had little option but to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the job permanently.

Solskjaer was given the caretaker Man Utd job on 19 December 2018 and before he got the job permanently, had a PL record of:

Played 13 Won 10 Drawn 2 Lost 1

If you include his games as caretaker, Solskjaer then has an overall PL record of:

Played 46 Won 17 Drawn 10 Lost 19

Even with the caretaker games added, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only has a winning ratio of 37%, better than Steve Bruce’s of course but that isn’t saying much.

You can’t help but feel that Manchester United made a massive mistake in making Solskjaer the caretaker and ended up trapped into having to give him the job permanently.

Looking at the games when he was caretaker last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only beat one club that finished to eight in 2018/19, whilst in the 13 caretaker games it included matches against all the bottom nine in last season’s table, with three of the ten wins against the trio that got relegated.

A bit like Steve Bruce at Newcastle, the Norwegian looks to have far too weak a CV to be given such a big job, which one ends up being sacked first is an interesting…

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