Van Persie backs Solskjaer to succeed at Manchester United
Van Persie backs Solskjaer to succeed at Manchester United
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Van Persie backs Solskjaer to succeed at Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will thrive at Old Trafford if given time.

The Norwegian was handed a three-year contract but oversaw a dismal end to the campaign, winning just twice more as the Red Devils had to settle for a place in the Europa League next season.

Van Persie, part of the last United side to win the Premier League under Alex Ferguson in 2012-13, believes Solskjaer deserves more time due to his history with the club.

"I think it's the perfect match, it's just they're having a bad spell," Van Persie told BBC Sport. "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.

Positive Start

"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.

"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. Okay, but next season they have to pick themselves up and go again."

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