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EPL: Van Persie speaks on Manchester United sacking Solskjaer

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Former Manchester United striker, Robin van Persie, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man for the club.

After impressing as interim manager following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December, Solskjaer oversaw a dismal end to the season as Manchester United missed out on a top-four finish.

“I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell.”

“Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution?

“Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club,” Van Persie told BBC Sport.

Solskjaer went on a 15-game unbeaten run in domestic competition, but United finished the campaign with six losses and two wins from their final 10 fixtures.

“It’s funny because when he started everyone was so positive, they were winning and they made a miracle by beating PSG.

“Everyone was screaming like, ‘Give the guy a permanent deal’. And then since that permanent deal the luck went away a little bit; they’ve been losing more games than they want to.

“But he got a three-year deal and everyone should look at the bigger picture. His presence, the way he presents the club, is the proper way in my opinion. He’s positive, he wants to achieve big things with the club and that is the only way forward.

“He’s a man of the club, he played there for more than 10 years, he won the Champions League – actually his goal got them the Champions League – so he has a big part over the years at the club.

“He’s been a coach of the reserves, he is Manchester United. Similar, in a different way, to Ferguson. He was Manchester United and Solskjaer is Manchester United as well.

“Everyone has that at a certain time. He had a fantastic first period – now the last 12 games have been tough. OK, but next season they have to pick themselves up and go again,” Van Persie said.