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26th May 2019

Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly did not want Manchester United to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have preferred the option of waiting to appoint Mauricio Pochettino instead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Reuben Pinder

Reports claim he would have preferred Pochettino

Over the past few months, it has been rumoured that Sir Alex Ferguson is secretly still puling the strings at Old Trafford. As people looked for an explanation behind their sudden upturn in form after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, they turned to him, assuming his influence must still be felt within the club.

But look at them now, Ferguson never let things get this bad during his time in the dugout. In fact, a report in the Mail claims Ferguson is very disappointed with the club’s decision making in recent years, as are most of the fans.

That disappointment stretches back to the club wasting a great talent in Wilfried Zaha – his last signing as United manager.

The report also claims that while Ferguson has nothing against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he would have preferred the club to pursue Mauricio Pochettino rather than giving Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis as it is the duty of a club of United’s size to recruit the very best available.

Ferguson is also frustrated that his advice is rarely solicited from those within the club, given his illustrious career as manager. It is said that Solskjaer will pay him a visit in one of the corporate lounges at Old Trafford but never seeks his guidance on big decisions.

“Sir Alex feels conflicted. He can see the irony that he still spends time thinking about United when he’s retired. But he loves the club and does feel a bit hurt that his opinion is never sought,” says a Daily Mail source from the League Managers’ Association.