Solskjaer urged to add Manchester United legend to his coaching staff

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Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to add Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, to his coaching staff.

While Redknapp acknowledged that Solskjaer has done fine in his three years in charge, he also believes the gaffer can do with a tough figure like Keane, as a part of his backroom staff.

He told talkSPORT: “It was interesting last week listening to all the pundits talk about Ole’s situation at Manchester United.

“I went with Graeme Souness, I think he needs a bit of help. I’m not saying his staff are not good lads and good, but they look to me as a very quiet group.

“I know Michael Carrick very well, I love Michael, he’s a fantastic footballer and a great person and he’s got other people around him.

“Sometimes you can’t be afraid to think that another bit of help coming in, it will help me and help the team.

“I just think he maybe needs somebody else, a different [character] alongside him in the group to help them. He looked a lonely figure last week standing on that touchline.

“Do you know who’d I take at Manchester United? Everyone’s going to think I’m absolutely mad, but I’d bring in Roy Keane.

“If I was Ole I’d think to myself, he won’t mess around and he’ll sort one or two out.”

Redknapp added: “I just think one or two of them are really low, the team is near the bottom on running stats and challenges, they need someone to come in and say, ‘Listen, forget all this about pressing and all these different tactics, when you lose the ball, run after it, make some tackles’.

“It’s quite basic really. We all get carried away with different tactics and ideas, but their biggest problem is obviously that they’re just not working hard enough.

“They have to start working hard with the ball and without the ball.”