Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given more time to rebuild the club before making any judgement on him.
After a fantastic start to his United career, the former Cardiff City manager suffered a disjointed end to the season and finished sixth in the Premier League. Subsequently, the Red Devils missed out on Champions League qualification and ended up trophyless. This has led fans and experts to question his appointment and calling it an "emotional decision" rather than a strategic one.
Van Persie believes Solskjaer has already shown enough to instil belief that he can return United to their former glories.
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"Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time,' Van Persie told BBC Sport. 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."
"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 got a three-year deal and everyone should look at the bigger picture,' he added. 'His presence, the way he presents the club, is the proper way in my opinion. 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."
Van Persie, now 35, recently brought the curtain down on his playing career with hometown club Feyenoord. He spent three seasons at United from 2012 until 2015, scoring 58 times in 105 games and led their charge to their last Premier League title in 2013.