- Jamie Carragher has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the job he has done
- Paul Ince suggested that anyone could have done Solskjaer has at Old Trafford
- Carragher also praised Solskjaer for giving the United players confidence again
- The ex-Liverpool claimed the players used to look ‘terrified’ under Jose Mourinho
Jamie Carragher has dismissed claims that anyone could have gone in and achieved the same results Ole Gunar Solskjaer has been able to achieve.
Solskjaer made history on Sunday by winning his first six games in charge of Manchester United as the Reds beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley to see them go level on points with Arsenal.
United were said to have been fairly untested up until their clash with Spurs on Sunday while former United midfielder Paul Ince downplayed the immediate impact made by the Norwegian boss by insisting that ‘anyone could have gone in and done what he has done’.
Ince even suggested that he or Steve Bruce could have produced the same results if they were given the task of doing so.
However, Carragher believes that its ‘absolute nonsense’ that anyone could have done the same job.
Carragher said on Sky Sports: ‘A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface.
‘I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought “anyone could have gone in there and done that”. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.
‘He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – Lukaku, an £80million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.
‘You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to an FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.
‘So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s [Solskjaer] made a great start to his career.’
The former Liverpool defender praised Solskjaer for giving the players the confidence again to attack the top sides – something he claimed that ‘terrified’ the players during Mourinho’s reign.
‘It felt like the fear had gone from Manchester United. For three or four years, watching Mourinho away in big games, Manchester United were terrified going into them thinking they couldn’t compete with these other top teams.’