Manchester United legend Andy Cole has insisted that his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is continuing to improve as a manager and has called for supporters to back him.
The Red Devils got off to a disastrous start to their new Premier League campaign as they slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, looking uninspiring throughout the encounter.
Some supporters of the club have seen enough, and are demanding the Norwegian is sacked and replaced in the hotseat in the near future.
But speaking to talkSPORT Cole stated his belief that Solskjaer is still the man to lead them forward, and is learning on the job all the time.
“How do you get better? For me you have to learn,” Cole said. “The only way you can do that is to be given opportunities to do whatever job it is.
“He has been given the opportunity to learn on the job at Manchester United. That was his record when he took over, so he has obviously proved that he is good enough for the job, otherwise they wouldn’t have given it to him.
“I’m one of Ole’s biggest fans. I played with him, I know what he’s like as a person and I know what he wants for Manchester United going forward.
“The form at the end of last season, considering before everything broke down with the Covid-19 thing, I don’t think anyone would have said Manchester United would finish in the top four.
“After the comeback from that, Manchester United were fantastic. That tells me he has turned it around in that break that Manchester United had.
“Is he good enough? He’s started to prove that.
“Football is about time, you have to be given time. First game of the season, I’m as disappointed as any Manchester United fan that we lost 3-1 against Crystal Palace, but there are 37 more league games to go.”
United will look to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat when they take on Luton Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday followed by a trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.