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Sir Alex unhappy with Solskjaer appointment

Sir Alex Ferguson unhappy about Man Utd replacing Mourinho with Solskjaer

May 25, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The old gaffer is unhappy.

Ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is upset with the Red Devils for appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead of Mauricio Pochettino as Jose Mourinho's successor. The legendary Scottish manager is reportedly 'hurt' that chiefs of his former club no longer take his opinion into consideration, having recommended the Spurs manager to fill the post.

A tough start to the 2018/2019 season resulted in Jose Mourinho being shown the exit door by Manchester United and the Portuguese manager was replaced by Solskjaer as the caretaker boss. Per numerous reports at the time, the Old Trafford club had its sight set on appointing Pochettino as its permanent manager at the end of the season.

However, an impressive start to life in the dugout for the Red Devils tilted the odds in favor of Solskjaer, who was subsequently handed the managerial role permanently. According to English outlet Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson was not in favor of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment but, instead, advised his former side to go all-out and secure the service of Pochettino.

As it would have cost the Red Devils a fortune to buyout the Argentine coach from his current contract with Tottenham Hotspur, the club's chief executive Ed Woodward and his fellow kingmakers Richard Arnold and Matt Judge, discarded the advise of the 13-time Premier League title winning manager.

It was further reported by the publication that the relationship between Ferguson and Solskjaer is not as warm-hearted as the public sees as the latter rarely seeks the expertise of his former boss. Instead, its the newly appointed assistant manager of Manchester United and a former associate of Ferguson, Mike Phelan, who does due diligence.

"Sir Alex feels conflicted. He can see the irony that he still spends time thinking about United when he's retired," a League Managers' Association source reportedly told the Daily Mail.

"But he loves the club and does feel a bit hurt that his opinion is never sought.

"He knows he's not in charge any more but it would still be nice for him to be asked."

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