Former Manchester United striker Mark Robins says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be given time as there is no easy solution to fixing the Red Devils.
Solskjaer finds himself under real pressure at Old Trafford following a woeful start to the season that sees United down in the bottom half of the Premier League table after winning only two of their first eight matches.
There have been calls for the Norwegian to be given time to turn things around despite the club’s poor form, with many highlighting just how unsuccessful Sir Alex Ferguson was when he first took charge of Man United.
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Appointed in 1986, Sir Alex guided the Red Devils to two 11th place finishes either side of ending runners-up to Liverpool in his first three years, but the pressure was on him during the 1989/90 campaign.
Another trophyless year appeared likely, and the rumour was that Sir Alex would be sacked if United lost at Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.
But that never came to pass, as Robins scored a header to win the game – and the Red Devils went on to win the entire competition, kickstarting Sir Alex’s domination of English football.
Robins became known for scoring ‘the goal that saved Fergie’, and he agrees that Solskjaer needs to be given time to restore United to their former glories.
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But how long will it take to fix all the problems in United’s squad? Robins believes it could be anywhere up to ten transfer windows – or FIVE whole years!
The Coventry boss told talkSPORT: “I’d love to see Ole get the time to be able to build, because he is not doing it in one window; he’s going to need six, seven, eight, nine… ten windows!
“You don’t get that time generally.
“Ultimately what he is doing is trying to implement the processes Sir Alex had in place prior to his retirement.
“I think that is a huge ask. Remember Sir Alex went years prior to winning his first trophy and that will be very, very difficult to replicate because of the modern day pressures.
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“Having said that, if things are moving in the right direction then he will get some time.
“I also think Ole is a character that’s not putting himself front and centre; he’s putting his club front and centre.
“So he will be part of a process moving forward to make United successful again, and I don’t think he makes any qualms about that. I think that is something to be applauded and respected.”