CLAUDIO RANIERI reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given the Man Utd job full-time – because he has the players onside. Jose Mourinho had
CLAUDIO RANIERI reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given the Man Utd job full-time – because he has the players onside.
Jose Mourinho had numerous bust-ups with United’s squad but Solskjaer has galvanised Old Trafford, with nine wins in ten matches.
The interim chief will hope to make it ten out of 11 when the Red Devils visit struggling Fulham tomorrow.
Cottagers boss Ranieri said: “He deserves it at the moment. He shows the players are with him. Manchester has changed the mentality, why not?
“The result speaks for him. All victories and one draw, the players change their mind, they are more involved and they are fighting together.
“We are in a bad moment but our confidence is high and we continue to fight.”
Fulham are seven points from safety and face a nightmare set of home fixtures with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool the next three opponents visiting Craven Cottage after United.
Solskjaer’s in-form side could be the toughest of the lot and tomorrow will see Ranieri come up against Anthony Martial, who was signed for Monaco from Lyon by the Italian in 2013.
The Fulham chief explained: “I signed him for £5 million, it was good business. He was fantastic.
“I watched him during the Under 23s match against Monaco and was impressed.
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“When the chance came to buy, I said ‘Take this guy because for me he could have a good future.’ He came to Manchester and well done to him.
“He’s very good: can dribble; strong; fast. There are so many good players, [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, so many.
“We must be concentrated and strong, positive to show our personality during the game.”
Fulham have only won four league games this season, all at home, and Ranieri wants his players to be ready to go to war with their Premier League status on the line.
He roared: “We know where we are, we know it’s very tough and then we need soldiers who have to fight until the end.
“That’s my philosophy, we play against a big team who are looking to achieve Champions League but we are ready to fight.”
One player who the ex-Leicester boss does not seem to think is up for the fight is Ryan Sessegnon.
The fans’ favourite has largely been left on the bench since Ranieri arrived and the 67-year-old wants the teenager to toughen up.
He added: “Ryan is a very good boy, I want him to be more nasty. He is young, it’s his first year in the Premier League and he’ll learn very quickly.
“[Aggression] is important because in the Premier League the fight is high and he has to adapt better, but I believe in him.”