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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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