Manchester United legend, Andy Cole, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the growing calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be axed from his role as manager of the club.
Solskjaer has been under pressure for weeks, following his side’s struggling start to the new season.
A run of losses, that included heavy defeats to Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool has left the Red Devils sixth in the league, with more difficult games to come in the coming weeks.
The club’s hierarchy have remained behind the Norwegian for now, but there are still some disgruntled fans that want him out.
Speaking recently to Sky Sports, Cole said he is disappointed by the amount of disrespect sent the way of his former teammate.
“The flak that Ole gets disappoints me,” said Cole.
“I don’t think any manager should take that kind of flak; whether it’s United or non-league. I think they are trying to work to the best of their ability. He’s trying like everybody else who tried previously
“Whether he is my ex-team-mate or not, even if it was someone I didn’t know, I wouldn’t like people to talk about them like that. But I don’t like it because when I played with him I got on very well with him. To see him in this position now doesn’t sit well with me.
“We all want Manchester United to be back where they were, but that takes time. We can talk about ‘how much longer?’ But the previous managers have found themselves in the same position. The stick that Ole takes is, at times, not nice.
“Things are never going to be easy for a club like Manchester United. To succeed Sir Alex Ferguson was always going to be difficult for whichever manager takes over – and what are we now, four managers in? And we are still talking about United not being in the position they would like to be.
“But other teams have got to move forward. Look how long it took Liverpool to win the league. I’m not saying United are going to be in that position, but you can’t be kept by history. Manchester United have to get stronger as a team and go from there.
“United are four managers in; all the managers that have gone before have done a good job as well. Unfortunately they have not been able to get them back to where they were.”